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“ENCORE CAREERS – Recession Prompts Reinvention”

“ENCORE CAREERS – Recession Prompts Reinvention”

By Terry Nagel, Managing Editor


As the economy forces people to rethink their careers, a vanguard of the adventurous and the desperate is navigating an unrecognizable landscape that has little to do with resumes and contacts.

In the June issue of San Francisco magazine, Nina Martin tells the stories of more than a dozen Bay Area residents who have discovered that all the rules about job hunting have changed. Landing a job these days requires reinvention – “a do-it-yourself proposition,” according to Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Civic Ventures, who is quoted in the article.

Martin writes, “Over the past few months, I’ve spent a lot of time at Starbucks and Peet’s, talking with men and women who used to have stable careers but now have migraines, insomnia, depression, and the gnawing realization that most of what they know about earning a healthy living is, or will soon be, obsolete. Often, during a pause in the conversation — maybe we’re talking about how companies in Chapter 7 bankruptcy don’t have to offer COBRA, or what it’s like for someone with 10 or 20 years of experience in user interfaces or mortgage banking, earning a great deal of money, to start from scratch, competing with kids who will work for peanuts — I look around and notice that the place is full of other people talking about the same things, in the same stunned way, trying to pretend they’re fine when in reality, they are scared to death.”

Among those she interviewed is Gina Cassinelli, 53, a former vice president of technology-systems marketing at Hewlett Packard who found her calling as an Encore Fellow working for a nonprofit called Citizen Schools. She made the switch to the nonprofit sector, she told Martin, because after 26 years the tech industry “just didn’t hold the same freshness and fun.”

Another is Penny Mudd, 55, a 20-year tech veteran who is training to become a middle-school math teacher through her local community college.

Read their stories and others here.

Join Encore Careers and visit Terry Nagels blog www.encore.org

ABOUT Encore.orgEncore.org is published by Civic Ventures, a nonprofit think tank that is leading the call to engage millions of experienced individuals in becoming a force for social change. Civic Ventures focuses on creating pathways to encore careers that provide continued income doing work that is personally fulfilling and helps address some of society’s biggest challenges.

While Encore.org is not a job placement service, it provides free, comprehensive information that helps individuals transition to jobs in the nonprofit world and the public sector.

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