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 […]

Find A Job in Seattle

Dear VocationVillage.com, I know you are a Career Coach for a lot of Seattle clients and I am wondering if you know the best resources to find a job in Seattle? I don’t know exactly what type of work I want to do but I do know I want to live in Seattle and build […]

From Career Setback To Triumph

Today’s interview is with Steven J. Ferrusi, inventor of FitDesk. Steven’s story is one of a career setback to triumph. What type of career did you have before you launched FitDesk? Prior to taking my invention to market, I worked as a sales rep for a large company that has 3 M’s in its name. […]