Adds Kerry Hannon, a career expert and author: “A lot of people quit before they are ready because they can’t take it anymore. The people who are most successful at moving to a new thing, and it doesn’t have to be full-time, work on it a couple of years ahead to prepare to make a career transition. You should get started early.”
When I left television, I remained a communicator,” she says. “Instead of sitting behind the desk and talking to people on the other side of the camera, I’m having a more intimate back-and-forth through the website and social media.”
Career experts say it is critical to figure out in advance what your skills are and how you can parlay them into a Second Act. If you have trouble figuring it out, ask the people around you, Hannon says.
“Sometimes people recognize things that you are good at and you don’t realize,” she says. “Ask family and colleagues what they think.”
Other tips for preparing for that encore career:
Be active. “Do not sit at home and send out resumes,” Hannon says. “Get out and meet people. Volunteer. You never know who you might meet. Getting out of the house is great for depression. At the very least, you are meeting people.”
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