Comment from Carol: I have sold my investment business and now am seeking a second career. For over 20 years I have offered financial advice (investement education, budgeting, planning, etc.). I would love to continue this aspect of my business, but don't know how to make a living at it. I almost always offered these services for free (making my money from the investments themselves). Any suggestions?
Russell: Carol, wow! You offered this service for free? Well, now it’s time to make money off of your vast knowledge. There are a few different directions you could explore:
- Do you want to become a certified financial planner and become an independent contractor?
- Do you want to work for a company as a budget analyst?
The Department of Labor's website has information to help you determine transferable skills as well as jobs that would take advantage of your skills. Go to DOL.gov and look in their employment section.
Comment from Frustrated Worker: My boss refuses to admit that we're in the 21st century and doesn't want to listen to my ideas about promoting our company through Facebook and Twitter. What do I do to get him to reinvent himself? It’s frustrating.
Russell: I can relate to your frustration! I had a similar kind of boss. I find that people are unwilling to learn technology out of fear of the unknown. Perhaps if you were to put together a demonstration of Facebook and its application so that he can actually see what it would look like. You might even consider putting together a “mock” profile page of your boss. Again, if he could see the application in “action” he might get a little more excited about it. Also make sure that you let him know that you are willing to teach him about using these technologies. Be patient, it’s not easy pulling the unwilling into the 21st century but it can be done through persistence.
Comment from Elizabeth Craig: Hi, Tripp. Do you feel asking yourself the question while you were acting, "Maybe I don't love this?" really assisted in your "putting your periscope" up and looking at other options?
Hanson: Elizabeth, I wish I could say it was that linear, but truth is that the sense of panic and disappointment that I felt when I was realizing that maybe it wasn't quite the right fit — that was surely a motivating factor. Whether good or bad, it was a long time before I found my way to acupuncture, and so it wasn't a direct leap. My 'inner happiness' o-meter wasn't willing to settle for something less than what really felt genuine and authentic. I'm not sure if that's good or bad! But it's how I view my journey from here!
Comment from William: It's reassuring to see how many of us are rowing our boats the same direction. Thanks for your encouragement!
Comment from Nicole: The current market is difficult, but I am a firm believer that if you stick with your passion it will lead you to the most viable place to live it out.
Comment from Marcia: Tripp, do you know if your classmates were as successful learning acupuncture — and getting a business established? That's a lot of money to spend to find out you can't make a living.
Hanson: Hi, Marcia. Very good question. It's why I agree with Jane who speaks to the need to really consider going into something brand new; to really consider just what fits you — your temperament, your interests, your readiness to shift gears. It sounds so simple, but it can be quite stressful. To answer you directly: there are some who have — like myself — done very well. But that has taken commitment, dedication, working through some fear, for sure. Also, I had a very specific "target audience" in mind! Additionally, something that might sound trite perhaps, but is key in my book: an unwavering dedication to succeeding. Period. Not taking no! And those are qualities that you have to develop in every area of your life. And not everyone has. Thus, I have to admit, there are those who aren't doing as well as I am. But frankly, that's any industry, any career — it has to do with the individual. And changing careers isn't going to be a magic wand.