May 28, 2010
How do you change careers without changing careers? What if you’ve developed a career within one area and but you’re bored? When it comes to career choices, how do you avoid throwing the baby out with the bathwater? Friday’s Career Buzz guests build on their initial training and career experience and orchestrate career change in creative ways, WITHIN their field.
Elaine Green became bored with her work as an optometrist in London, England. She now works on special effect contact lenses for the film industry, recently on the latest Harry Potter movie.
Jose Luis Olivera Aguirre is Manager of Andina Travel based in Cusco, Peru. Starting out as a travel guide, he’s expanded his career to include manager, restaurant owner, farmer, and world traveler.
Australian Juliet Rackham, 22, loves her job as a piano teacher yet she wanted a deeper connection with people while still using her music skills and background, which she now does in music therapy.
All were interviewed in SOUTH AMERICA! This past December, I had the great pleasure of travelling with my teenage daughter to Peru. We spent part of the trip in the Andes around Cusco, including a visit to Machu Picchu, and the other part in the Amazonian rainforest. Ever the Career Buzz host and producer, I brought along my digital recorder and collected these three interviews that I’m looking forward to sharing with you.
May 7, 2010
At 39, married and with kids aged 9 and 12, Stephen Laufer went to law school eventually becoming a crown attorney, and left behind his first career as a successful chiropractor. How did he manage this significant change? In addition to family support especially from his wife, he decided and assessed “one step at a time,” he said. “I’ll go between September and December and see how it goes.” And that’s how it went, one term, one year, at a time, and then re-evaluate at each step.
Judy Marshak has enjoyed a long and celebrated career in theatre, television, film and music. How did it start? Judy told us about how her friend dragged her, at 19, to an audition for the play HAIR. She succeeded in the audition, but because she didn’t want to disrobe on stage, she didn’t appear in that show, yet because of that connection with the director, her theatrical career was launched. How did she persevere in the years afterward? “I stopped taking rejection personally.”
CareerCycles asks: If you considering a change in career or life, wouldn’t it be easier to take it one small decision at a time? So it might not be a four year degree, it’s just choosing to do the first term. It might not be about whether or not to go to medical school, it’s just choosing to write the MCAT. It might not be about making a career change, it’s just choosing to identify a few promising possibilities and exploring them.
Brent Garell, owner of Mynosh Creations, started his career working as a Human Resource professional in the corporate world. In his spare time he began writing The Cook-a-Palooza Experience, a cookbook designed to lighten the stress of weeknight cooking by pairing popular music suggestions with low-fat recipes. He was a guest on Career Buzz.
While writing his book Brent connected with best-selling cookbook author, Kay Mighton Spicer, who mentored him in the art of recipe writing. Upon a friend’s suggestion, he also entered one of his dishes in a recipe contest. His recipe took top prize and Brent was suddenly thrown into the culinary world as he demonstrated his dish at the competition’s finale alongside head judge Chef Michael Olson of the Niagara Culinary Institute.
Brent has since traded in his business suit and has been a guest on numerous TV and radio shows. He now offers his energized cooking classes throughout Southern Ontario and has performed cooking demonstrations at events such as the Hamilton Food & Drink Fest and the Good Food Festival on the Food Network’s “Get Cooking” stage.