A lot of career changes are driven by unplanned circumstances called layoffs. Why is that? Why does it take such a major career event to happen before one realizes he isn’t happy and wants to do something else? Or does the change happen because one is settling for something less since he can’t get work doing what he did before?

Following his layoff, one tech exec chose to start his own trucking company as a way to change his pace of work. Perhaps it takes a life crisis to jar us out of complacency – to really examine what’s most important – to make a commitment to do what’s best for ME.

What do you think?


Some of my career coaching clients are mothers who left powerful careers to raise families and now seek their way back into the workplace. Since the "old" job may not be there anymore – what next? Here’s one mother’s career path reflecting her career changes – from sales and marketing to stay-at-home mom to …. drum rollrecipe development! She "works as a research chef consultant in the test kitchen cooking new recipes and reformulating old ones." Cool!

If you are a mom making a career change to reenter the workforce, please share your story here to inspire other moms who are trying to solve this dilemma. Thanks!


Did everyone see the Academy Awards show last night? Though not directly related to career change per se, I can’t help but comment on Hilary Swank’s best actress acceptance speech. Now a two-time Oscar winner, she remarked about being raised "in a trailer park" and look what she’s achieved.

Sure, she’s an actress, but that wasn’t always the case. Maybe luck played a role in her career success, but if you take a deeper look at her career path, I’m sure you’d find a lot of hard work, perseverance and focused goals.

I think this just goes to show that anyone can achieve career success provided you know what you want and set out to get it. What do you think?