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How to Make a Career Transition in Mid-Life: Career Transition SIG

  • 08 Oct 2012
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Café Express 3418 N. Lamar Blvd.

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So What If You're 40 or Older: How to Make a Career Transition in Mid-Life

Have you thought about pursuing a different line of work or moving into a different industry? 

Nowadays more people are making these shifts, even in mid-life when this change may seem a bit risky. Nancy Bishop has worked with hundreds of middle-age clients who have overcome their fears, and in some cases, age discrimination, to successfully transition to more rewarding work. She encourages people to thoroughly explore their options and then have the courage to take the plunge when that appears to be their best option.

This session will cover:

  • Why more people are changing careers in mid-life

  • Seven characteristics of highly successful middle-age career changers

  • What to do when age discrimination rears its ugly head

  • Tips on overcoming hurdles to find a job in a new field


About The Speaker 

Shortly after Nancy Bishop celebrated her 40 birthday, she contemplated a career change. She had enjoyed writing for newspapers and magazines in the Dallas area and ultimately became fascinated by the career development field when she wrote Before You Say, ‘Quit!’ and How to Find a Job in Dallas/Fort Worth

After writing those books, she took a leap of faith when she moved to Austin and finished her master’s degree in career counseling at the University of Texas. She found that making the transition to a new career wasn’t as easy as she imagined. Those experiences help her relate to her clients’ struggles. When she began working as a career counselor at Workforce Solutions in Round Rock, the workshop she facilitates called “So What if You’re 40 or Older” became one of the most popular. She touts advantages that middle-age workers have and ways they can overcome barriers to find rewarding jobs and careers. 

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