This Program Is Rebroadcast From September 25, 2013
Want to start a new career? A new business? We have the ready mentors for you. With real world advice.
It’s been a wild economic ride for years now. Or just a grind for many, just hanging on, hanging in. Maybe you’ve dreamed of throwing over the plod of a dull career.
Maybe you’ve been thrown. Pushed by dreams or necessity into starting something new. A new career, a new line of work. A new coffee shop, or hair salon, or organic farm, or app factory. What’s it really take to make a go of it? The nitty-gritty requirements?
Most people don’t know. But you can ask. Find a mentor in the biz. Get a leg up.
This hour, On Point: What it really takes to chase that new dream, make that change.
– Tom Ashbrook
Duncan Goodall, a PivotPlanet mentor and owner of Koffee on Audubon, a coffee shop in New Haven Connecticut.
Melissa Owen, co-owner with her husband Gerry of the Fourteen-Eighteen Coffee House. They were mentored by Duncan Goodall via PivotPlanet. Former operating room nurse.
Samantha Swaim, a PivotPlanet mentor and head of her own event planning and charity fundraising firm, Samantha Swaim Fundraising.
From Tom’s Reading List
The New York Times: Taste-Testing a Second Career, With a Mentor — “PivotPlanet lists mentors in about 200 fields, from acupuncturist to pet therapist to television host. Want to be a meteorologist? Paul Cousins of Portland, Me., will Skype you some advice for $84 an hour. Want to be a winemaker? The site lists four mentors. Interested in becoming a ‘tiny home builder’? Brad Kittel, in Luling, Tex., will show you how.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch: Things to consider before changing careers — “Before changing careers, it’s best to sit down and honestly assess what is motivating your potential move. If you harbor a strong desire to pursue a passion and make it your career, then changing careers is probably something you must do. But if you are changing careers because you feel slighted by a current employer or you feel like changing for the sake of change, then you might want to reconsider.”
Forbes: How To Reinvent Yourself Into A New Career — “Changing careers and reinventing yourself isn’t easy – particularly when you’re passionate about a new field with no clearly-defined point of entry. But as Yost’s experience shows, being clear about your goals and steadily moving forward on your plan can get you there. How are you reinventing yourself?”