Repurpose Your Career – 5 Steps to Your Next Career Pivot

Your Next Career Pivot

Repurpose your careerWhether you are a Baby Boomer, Gen Xer, or Millennial, retirement like your parents had is no longer a possibility for most. Just about everyone will have to go through career changes—career pivots—sometime in their life. It’s time to learn how to repurpose your career.

Let me lay out five steps for you to follow that will help you repurpose your career and make a successful career change.

Step 1 – Know thyself.

Take time to understand your core needs, like autonomy, creativity, and your own definition of a good team. Reflect back on your career when you were the happiest. Use my Career Reflection Worksheet to guide you through seven areas of job satisfaction.

Many of you have morphed into altered versions of yourselves in order to fit comfortably in corporate America. You may not really know yourself anymore. I use the Birkman Method® assessment to dissect your personality and find those areas where you are no longer in line with your authentic self. Most of us who have worked over 20 years have done this to ourselves!

(More: Career Reflection – A Twice a Year Duty )

Step 2 – Build your tribe.

Who can you count on for help and support during this transition? Who is going to lift your spirits when you slip and fall?

Your next career move will almost always come through a relationship! Strategically build relationships within industries and at companies that can help you make your next career pivot.

Build a team around you…and keep in touch with them!

(More: Strategic Networking – Building Your Tribe )

Step 3 – Act on facts, not assumptions.

We often think the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, but when we get there, we find out it’s AstroTurf.

In 2003, I left the high tech industry to teach high school math. I made two flawed assumptions:

  • As an engineer who had taught adults all over the world for 20 years, I assumed that school districts would want me to teach math. They did not! They did not want any guy over 40 years of age (likely because we don’t do what we are told)!
  • I would be able to get reasonable health insurance for my wife, son, and myself from the school district. NOPE! My out-of-pocket expenses were double my COBRA payment. I stayed with COBRA until I could find another alternative.

You need to turn off assumptions and really research new opportunities.

(More: Assumptions – Be Careful when making a Career Pivot)

Step 4 – Learn how to network strategically.

By using social media tools like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, you can target individuals who you need to meet and develop relationships.

Sometimes your best connections will come from people who do not know you from work. When I was looking for a teaching position, my best connector was my chiropractor. She knew a lot of people outside of my normal sphere of contacts.

If you have children, your children’s friends’ parents can be a goldmine of connections. When making a career pivot, you will want to be creative in finding new connections.

(More: Networking Strategically to Your Next Position)

Step 5 – Learn to ask for help.

Yes, I am a guy. I do not like asking for directions. But you’re heading into new territory and no one succeeds at a career pivot without others’ help. Set aside your claims to status and your pride in order to reach for something new where you may now be the rookie. This is hard at first, but it gets easier.

When I went off to teach high school math, I was a total novice. I needed to suck it up, admit that I did not know what I was doing, and ask for help. I found a teacher across the hall who would share her lesson plans with me. For an entire year, I stayed two days behind her teaching schedule.

If you follow these five steps, you will have a good chance of being successful when you repurpose your career.

(More: The Key to a Successful Career Shift: Asking for Help

Special Announcement

As part of the 100 Days on Jobs for Career Changers, and Career Pivot are excited to host a webinar on “5 Steps to Repurpose Your Career.” If you’re wondering how to transition your ideas for career change into action, this webinar will be a great resource! For more information and how to register Click Here!
Marc Miller Career Design Specialist


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Repurpose Your Career Book – Now Available at Amazon

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Repurpose Your CareerRepurpose Your Career – A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers is now available on as a paperback. A Kindle version is planned for release shortly.

Book Description

If you’re a Baby Boomer, is it too late to change careers? Many Baby Boomers either can’t retire or don’t want to, but they want a change. Maybe a career they’ve always dreamed of or just something more fulfilling. Repurpose Your Career: A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers shows that change is possible.
It requires a strategy and a series of practical steps including:

  • Study yourself to understand your core needs in a way you probably never did with your first career. Like what kinds of rewards do you prefer? What kind of boss do you work best with? How much physical activity do you need? How do you like to make decisions? What are your needs not only for money but for time and freedom?
  • Strategically network with people in the field you’re interested in to find out what the job is really like.
  • Develop a statement about what kind of job you’re looking that covers all your core needs.
  • Build a tribe of people who can help you make your transition, including introducing you to others connected in the field.
  • Work on your skill set including using LinkedIn and other social media effectively.
  • Negotiate for what you want, beginning with items that have more to do with your quality of life than money.

Repurpose Your Career not only gives practical, step-by-step advice for how to make a successful transition, but deals with the challenging issues of having to ask for help from others and having to become the novice again after years of working to become an expert.

If you’re looking to find a career that meets your needs and you can grow into for the next 20 years, this book is the road map you’re looking for.Amazon_Buy_Button1

In 2011, Jason Abla, of JibberJobber fame, came to Launch Pad Job Club to do a presentation and Jason said to everyone write an e-book! It is instant credibility. I know a lot of people in the audience went yeah right. I was planning on self publishing at the time but thought it would be very difficult and procrastinated. Well,  I have to admit …. he was right.

I have been blogging about the book for several months. I believe that multiple opportunities have arisen just because I told people I had a book in the works. I will be blogging in the coming months on self publishing the opportunities it creates for a career pivot. If a recovering engineer like myself can self publish a book, you can too.

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Baby Boomers Repurpose Your Career

Reinvent Your CareerRepurpose Your Career?

Repurpose Your Career? What does that mean?

I want you to think back to your early to mid twenties. For most of us we were pretty blissful! (Ignorance is Bliss!)

We did not know what we did not know.

We had no Money.

We had no Stuff.

We knew we were going to have to work for 30 to 40 years.

Most of us made our first career decisions in a vacuum. We did one of the following:

  • Did what our parents told us to do
  • Took whatever was available

Let’s fast forward to today.

Like most baby boomers, you probably have very little money saved. At least, not enough to retire.

You probably have a lot of Stuff! Boy do we like to collect stuff! George Carlin spoke about stuff 25 years ago. It is still true today!!

You also know you will have to work another 20 years.

Does this sound familiar?

Many of us will work well into our seventies.

Can you make better career decisions for the next twenty years than you did in your twenties?

I certainly hope so!

You need to Repurpose Your Career!

Will this be risky? Yes, but playing it safe is the new risky!

Will you have fun again in your career? Why not? Are you having fun today?

Baby Boomers are returning to college!

Baby Boomers are starting businesses with their retirement savings!

The primary reason I started Career Pivot and I am writing the book “Repurpose Your Career – A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers” is I have had more friends wiped out in these last two recessions and will never be able to retire.

I also came to understand that retirement as was sold to us is a dated concept.

Are you going to use the same old thinking where you will probably get the same old results or are you willing to repurpose your career.

Think about it. Is there something you always wanted to do but were unwilling to take the risk? I sure was! It took being put in a highly unethical position at work and failing health due to stress that kicked me in the a** to take a risk and start my business.

My book “Repurpose Your Career – A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers” is due out in January and I am looking for speaking venues to give a talk called “The Baby Boomer Retirement Paradox”. If you belong a civic group anywhere in the state of Texas where this talk would be appropriate, please contact me by clicking here.

More on the process to Repurpose Your Career in coming blog posts.


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Repurpose Your Career – A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers

Repurpose Your CareerRepurpose Your Career

I have been working for much of this year on my first book “Repurpose Your Career – A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers”. The goal behind the book is to give the reader a blue print or a recipe to follow in making career pivots.

Table of Contents

  • Your First Steps Toward Your New Life
  • Retirement: Gone With the Wind…and Good Riddance
  • If You Don’t Know What You Need, You Probably Won’t Get It
  • Uncover Your Personal OS with an Assessment
  • When the Clouds Part: Moments of Clarity
  • Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire: Fantasy Jobs
  • Why Are You Really Leaving? Figuring Out What You Want
  • The Hardest Part: Asking for Help
  • Building Your Tribe
  • How to Network Strategically
  • How Job Hunting is Like Dating
  • Vetting the Company
  • The Dreaded Question: Why Are You Leaving
  • How to Negotiate to Get What You Want
  • Time to Roll Up Your Sleeves

The book gives you practical steps to make your career pivot.

I have been working with Susan Lahey of Fishpond content. Susan worked with me on the Baby Boomer Manifesto that was released in February. The cover design is a product of Book Elves Publishing  MamiSerwaa Amoakohene and Trish Lee. I have been very blessed to work with such talented people.

If this looks interesting, then the book will be available on Amazon in January as a softcover and as a Kindle e-book. I will also be making the book available for download in PDF format in December. Pricing is not final but most likely the e-book will sell for $2.99.

I will be giving 25 PDF copies away in December. If you are interested in being one of the 25 to receive the book for free in December or just want to be informed when the book is available please click here to register for Repurpose Your Career.

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