An Event Pro’s Guide to Navigating a Career Change

An Event Pro’s Guide to Navigating a Career Change

Career changes are scary. They signal a time in your life that is marked by both excitement and uncertainty. Even when you aren’t completely satisfied with what you are doing, you grow comfortable with your routines. However, you wouldn’t still be reading if there wasn’t a part of you that was intrigued by the possibilities that a career change might bring. Change is hard, but there are ways to prepare and manage transitions that can help you adjust well and enjoy the fulfillment and new challenges that lie ahead. Related: Using…

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Preparing Financially For A Career Change

Preparing Financially For A Career Change

In my last article, I discussed the emotions of making a career change, specifically the guilt and pushback you may receive from others. In this article, I discuss what I consider to be the scarier part of a career change – how to prepare financially for the leap. Understanding the cost of your needs and wants I cannot state emphatically enough that the biggest component of financial freedom, successful life transitions, and getting through financial emergencies is knowing how much you spend and breaking it down into things you absolutely need…

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New Career, New You: How To Navigate A Career Change

New Career, New You: How To Navigate A Career Change

For many of us, work takes up a large portion of our life. Therefore, it’s natural that we tend to adopt our work as part of who we are. We say things like, “I am a lawyer” or use the term “we” when referring to the company we work for. But, what happens if you’re not passionate about what you do? When you’re not happy with how you spend your days? When you realize that maybe you don’t want to be, do, or work for X? When this happens, things can get…

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When A Trip Leads To Career Change: 4 Women Who Quit Their Jobs After A Vacation

When A Trip Leads To Career Change: 4 Women Who Quit Their Jobs After A Vacation

Anyone with a case of wanderlust knows the feeling of coming home from a vacation feeling refreshed and inspired. These four women took that feeling and turned it into a new career. Here, we hear the stories of the trips that changed their lives — and get some advice for how you can also transform your career through an amazing travel experience. Photo courtesy of Billy Huys Jala Smith-Huys, founder of Seek & Swoon, with one of her company’s signature throws in the background. WHO: Jala Smith-Huys, founder of Seek & Swoon, which designs eco-friendly knit throws inspired by beautiful places…

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Change Higher Education Financing To Reduce Risk For Students

Change Higher Education Financing To Reduce Risk For Students

My favorite course in law school wasn’t with a typical law professor. Food and Drug Law was taught by the former General Counsel of the FDA. He had a volcanic temper that we assumed was the byproduct of years of dealing with bureaucrats. In class, he abided neither tardiness nor squeamishness; the first topic was food sanitation and its flip side: adulteration. We learned about butter with chicken feathers and baby food chock full o’ cockroach fragments. We waltzed through classic cases like United States v. 184 Barrels Dried Whole…

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Why It’s A Great Idea To Change Careers When You Are 40

Why It’s A Great Idea To Change Careers When You Are 40

When I reached my mid-50s I decided to make a radical career change. I’d spent 25 years in industry in a series of increasingly senior HR roles with high profile companies and I had no real reason to abandon a career that was developing very well. No real reason, that is, except one, crucial one. I wanted something different. Much to the surprise of my friends and colleagues, instead of being a senior executive in an international company, I decided to become a teacher. It could, as many of them…

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Kenya’s SFA leverages data analytics to change face of student finance

Kenya’s SFA leverages data analytics to change face of student finance

Launched in July 2015 by chief executive officer (CEO) Jennifer White, SFA provides tuition loans for higher education to qualified students and their parents or guardians, who act as co-borrowers. The startup employs alternative data analytics and partners directly with higher learning institutions to offer more affordable loans. “By partnering with all stakeholders involved – the student, the family, and the learning institution – SFA works to ensure the success of its student borrowers, in their learning programmes and postgraduate careers,” operations and partnerships manager Claire Blackburn told Disrupt Africa. Alternative…

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Climate change: ‘Monumental’ deal to cut HFCs, fastest growing greenhouse gases

Climate change: ‘Monumental’ deal to cut HFCs, fastest growing greenhouse gases

More than 150 countries have reached a deal described as “monumental” to phase out gases that are making global warming worse. Hydroflurocarbons (HFCs) are widely used in fridges, air conditioning and aerosol sprays. Delegates meeting in Rwanda accepted a complex amendment to the Montreal Protocol that will see richer countries cut back their HFC use from 2019. But some critics say the compromise may have less impact than expected. Three-way deal US Secretary of State John Kerry, who helped forge the deal in a series of meetings in the Rwandan…

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How can I make a midlife career change?

How can I make a midlife career change?

Twice a week we publish problems that will feature in a forthcoming Dear Jeremyadvice column in the Saturday Guardian so that readers can offer their own advice and suggestions. We then print the best of your comments alongside Jeremy’s own insights. Here is the latest dilemma – what are your thoughts? Since hitting middle age I’ve wanted to change career but don’t know where to start. I have spoken to a careers adviser, who told me that they wouldn’t really help identify the best career or job path, but they…

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