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Career Reinvention

How This Boomer Couple Found Love And Meaning By Backpacking The World

John Tarnoff | Posted 08.20.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Shifra Raz and Benny Rubinstein seem like just another happily retired couple living in Santa Monica, CA. Shifra was a teacher for much of her career, while Benny was trained as an engineer and worked as a project manager in the Southern California aerospace industry. Both Israeli immigrants to the U.S., they met and fell in love 17 years ago, on the heels of Shifra's divorce from her 31-year marriage.

How This Woman Turned A Fellowship Into An Encore Career

John Tarnoff | Posted 08.05.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

For Boomers who have spent their career mostly in one or two jobs within the same industry, the prospect of flipping to a new career after so many years can be beyond daunting. It is inspiring when we discover Boomer compatriots who demonstrate that setting an intention, coupled with a sense of purpose, can make career reinvention a relatively smooth process.

Meet 10 People Who Prove You Can Reinvent Your Career After 50

Posted 08.05.2014 | Fifty

Huff/Post 50 recently asked readers to submit nominations of people who've reinvented themselves for the better after age 50 as part of an initiat...

How This Boomer Did A Career '180' To Find Purpose And Meaning

John Tarnoff | Posted 07.29.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Many boomers who are well into their 50s and working in well-established careers fear that there is an end in sight to their long-held and once-secure positions.

How This Boomer Nailed His Reinvention After Two Tries

John Tarnoff | Posted 07.22.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Career reinvention is a messy business. It is usually not a one-step transition. Sometimes, it can take a few pivots to work out the kinks and make the necessary mistakes to find one's true calling. What we think we want to do, or should do, may not necessarily be the best thing for us to do, or the right thing for us to do.

A Boot Camp For Entrepreneurship Supercharged This Woman's Reinvention

John Tarnoff | Posted 07.15.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

When we think 'reinvention,' we tend to panic at the enormity of that prospect. Maybe we've been downsized from a job that we've held for a long time, or (less stressful) we realize it is time to move on and we know we need to find something else, or maybe our retirement savings won't be providing what we had hoped for, and we need to keep working.

This Woman Took Caregiving To The Next Level -- And Helps Thousands

John Tarnoff | Posted 07.07.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Baby Boomers are often caught in a difficult bind. Many of us are still in the process of launching our kids out into the real world after high school or college, while also confronting the health care needs of our aging parents. Some of us not only rise to these challenges, but go a few steps further to turn our experience into an opportunity to help others.

How A Reinvention Sabbatical Recharged This Woman's Career

John Tarnoff | Posted 08.17.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

When we are stuck in career doldrums, we have to be alert and pay attention to crazy opportunities that just drop in our lap -- opportunities that we might otherwise pass up.

Learn This Couple's Formula For Partnering Post-Retirement

John Tarnoff | Posted 08.10.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Pat and Mary Sculley began working together as a team after they retired. What lessons can other potential couples learn from their career reinvention?

How This TV Producer Reinvented Herself As A Fashion Mogul

John Tarnoff | Posted 08.03.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Marla Wynne Ginsberg had never sewn a stitch when she bought her first sewing machine in 2009 and embarked on a risky career reinvention. She had just lost a very lucrative senior executive position with a major Entertainment company in a career that she had built step by step for over 20 years.

How This Woman Restored Her Mother's Mobility -- And Reinvented Her Career Too

John Tarnoff | Posted 07.20.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Mary's story is another simple example of how there are resources and outlets available to all of us at every turn. Many of my fellow Boomers are struggling to follow a narrow career reinvention path that they believe is all they can do -- but that path is merely shaped by their past experience.

How This Couple Reinvented Themselves From The Inside Out

John Tarnoff | Posted 07.13.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Many of us are increasingly aware of the countdown clock as we hit our 50s and then our 60s. What once seemed like a future full of opportunity, and time to take advantage of it, is increasingly looking like a looming deadline, and we feel like we'd better get our act together before we run out of time.

How Partnership Is Keeping This Couple's Marriage Vital After 65

John Tarnoff | Posted 07.06.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

When we think about mid-life career changes, I'm sure many of us have daydreamed about pursuing something that was lucrative, stimulating, and did some good in the process. If that dream isn't good enough, how about adding something that totally supports our health and fitness -- AND we can partner with our spouse?

How This Lawyer Rediscovered Herself And Her Career At 60

John Tarnoff | Posted 06.29.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Let's assume that we're all going to hit a wall in our careers sooner or later. If we're 50 or over, and it hasn't already happened, be on the lookout. This installment is a personal story about a longstanding friend of mine, a New York lawyer named Janet Scully who worked for 22 years as an attorney for Travelers Insurance.

How One Boomer Transitioned From Prison To Philanthropy

John Tarnoff | Posted 06.22.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Personal reinvention can be achieved through service to others. This is Susan Burton's experience, and hers is an inspiring story of determination and dedication. As an African-American woman from South Central Los Angeles, Burton was incarcerated six times over 20 years for drug-related offenses. Her young son had died accidentally, and the system seemed to be working against her at every turn.

How This Man Journeyed 7,000 Miles To Serve His Community

John Tarnoff | Posted 06.08.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

The adage that 'all politics is local' might also apply to social entrepreneurship. Bhagwati (B.P.) Agrawal is a social entrepreneur with a stellar corporate track record who decided to pivot into the non-profit world to address dire circumstances 7,000 miles away in his home state of Rajasthan in India.

How Small Business Success Can Happen At Any Age

John Tarnoff | Posted 05.03.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

John's resume is notable for the range of his experience. He was a career military man, and retired medically from the Army as a 71L, Clerk-Typist; an 11B, Infantryman; and 05C, SCUBA Diver. He had endured physical challenges, including losing the sight in his right eye, and had problems with his knees.

Re-Exposed

Valerie Baber | Posted 05.27.2013 | Women
Valerie Baber

Sex was only something I did for a living. It didn't define me and I resented that people passed judgment about my character based solely off topless photos on the Internet.

Former Wall Street Executive Turns Icing Into An Art Form

Posted 02.27.2013 | MarloThomas

One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. We women need to know that we don't have to ha...

Boomers Proving You Can Always Follow Your Dreams

Next Avenue | Posted 12.02.2012 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Tracy Minkin Meet everyday people who mined their potential in new careers in midlife Eleanor Esther Appleyard wa...

How To Make Money While Following Your Passion

U.S. News And World Report | Posted 11.29.2012 | Fifty

When Marva Goldsmith took a buyout in 2001 after a 20-year career at a Detroit utilities company, she moved to Washington, D.C., in search of a job th...

Digital Fire: Northwest Voices in the Arts, Books, and Business on Reinvention

Russell C. Smith | Posted 12.22.2012 | Impact
Russell C. Smith

The topic of reinvention is everywhere in American culture. Cultural shifts and economic forces have affected artists and entrepreneurs, people on the street and people in high-rise towers.

Take a Year Off, Find Your Ideal Work

Melani Ward | Posted 12.01.2012 | Denver
Melani Ward

If six months ago you had told me to take a year off so I could find my "dream job" I would have started sweating, breathing heavily and talking really fast about why that is the dumbest idea in the world.

My Second Act Fulfilled Me In A Way My First Career Couldn't

John A. Anderson | Posted 05.13.2012 | Fifty
John A. Anderson

Second careers and those that might follow aren't necessarily about the money. We don't know how many days we have left, so if you have small hollows in your psyche that need to be filled, there's no time like to present to go find your trowel.