Downsized Executive Thrives As A Coffee Entrepreneur

This interview was originally published in 2010. Imagine losing your job right after Christmas! That’s what happened to Fortune 5 executive Forrest Graves. He turned his career challenge into an opportunity to launch a successful business as a coffee roaster. I am excited to tell the story of this coffee entrepreneur. Forrest, what type of […]

How Do I Get Paid What I’m Worth?

Dear VocationVillage.com, I’m 41 and have just completed my Bachelors in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. For the last 15 years I have held positions such as Marketing Manager and Marketing Director, but always for a pathetically low salary because I didn’t have that piece of paper. The company I am with now […]

Seeking Career Change Advice

Dear VocationVillage.com, I’m a mid-career professional badly in need of a career course correction. For the past ten years, I have held a variety of positions in the pharmaceutical industry, not really out of desire as because I fell into it and one position after another pushed my resume further and further in that direction. […]

Creating A Career As An Infopreneur

One day after she received the highest possible raise and performance review, Melanie Jordan was laid off from her job. Rather than hunt for another job, Melanie decided to create her own job. She became a successful infopreneur, author, and coach. I interviewed Melanie about her story. What type of career did you have before […]

Best Retirement Jobs

Dear Dr. Civitelli, I am wrapping up a 30 year career in a field I want to leave. I have enough money that I can be picky in choosing the best retirement career for myself, but not enough money that I can stop working entirely. I have no idea what I want to do. Can […]

From Financial Analyst To Filmmaker

Dear VocationVillage.com, I have been in analytical jobs like financial analysis for the past 20 years, but I have always wanted to go into filmmaking. How can I approach getting a job in a field where I have no experience, other than a college degree in Mass Communications? Signed, Aspiring Filmmaker San Francisco, CA Dear […]

Lost Career Direction in San Francisco

Dear VocationVillage.com, Since 1970, I have worked for more than 50 employers and agencies, with lots of gaps between jobs. I’m a single mom doing the best I can and I feel like I’ve lost my focus and direction. I wish I had someone to guide me but it feels like no one cares. Can […]

Money Can Buy Happiness, To A Point

Researchers say that money CAN buy happiness, to a point, and that point is $75,000. Economist Angus Deaton and psychologist Daniel Kahneman reviewed surveys of 450,000 Americans and found that people’s day-to-day happiness increases along with their income up to about $75,000, and then happiness levels out with increased earnings. While happiness plateaus, as earnings […]

How To Do An Informational Interview

Dear VocationVillage.com, I am currently an art student planning to pursue a career in the art field, in graphic design, illustration, marketing, etc. I love to draw and my dream job would be concept art, but for now, I am looking for a way to get my foot in the door and work my way […]

Impact of No College Degree

Dear VocationVillage.com, I have over 20 years of professional work experience, but no college degree. How do I get past this requirement and will I have to take a pay cut with my next job? Signed, Amanda Dear Amanda, While some hiring managers might use college education as a screening variable and rule out candidates […]