Have you ever lost your job later in life or simply wanted to change or shift careers in your late 40’s, early 50’s…or for that matter any time after the age of 50?
It’s not easy, right!? Finding professional jobs to replace one’s that have been lost, reinventing or morphing one’s skills into a new career or simply following a latent passion can be extremely complicated and difficult. As those of us who work with career transitioning adults know, the process of change is rich with challenge – maybe even daunting – even when the individual is extremely driven/motivated.
At the end of the summer, I passed along what I learned during an interview with a former work associate, Angela Bruskotter. By identifying and igniting the fire within, Angie was able to tap into and apply tools, skills and lessons learned during her years in business and college – blending them with her incredible artistic talent – to evolve and develop a new career – even if it wasn’t in the exact same field. What she shared about her career transition, her work, and the passion she brings to her work was inspirational. As a writer, I can definitely relate to and embrace the description of her day-to-day activities and how and where she draws inspiration.
As time progressed, this topic – especially the arena of what’s referred to as the Third Age – continued to capture my interest…so, I did a bit more research.
In 2010, a U.S. Education System event was held. The session began with the statement that we needed to start “thinking differently about how (more…)
In my ongoing effort to pass along ideas that might encourage others to consider the value of following their passion – to take the leap – I recently caught up with a former business associate, Angela Bruskotter, who has done just that – embarked on a major career transition. For the third year in a row, she’s been immersed in creating and presenting her paintings at local art shows. She, therefore, only had a few hours to commit to being “interviewed” about her own career transition. I thought her experience, what she’s learned through that experience, her process, her perspective on business and passion and so much more might be worthwhile to others.
I understand you have quite a solid business background. Can you share some details?
Sure. In 1988, I earned a B.S. degree in Finance from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. I was Valedictorian of my graduating class and graduated Summa Cum Laude – top student in Finance. I was recruited by IBM-New York City to sell computers to Fortune 500 companies. Up until three years ago,I held various high level marketing and sales positions in large and small, public and private companies.
Although an outdated theory, many are still drawn to the concept of dominant abilities and patterns (left brain = logic, language, and analytic, and right brain = creative and expressive). What’s your own perspective
on that theory as it impacts your career change? (more…)