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. […]

Money Secrets

Dear VocationVillage.com, No matter what I do, I never seem to earn as much money as my colleagues who have the same education and the same type of work experience that I do. I would think it was because of sexism except some of my friends are female and they out earn me by a […]

What Is Consulting Psychology?

Dear VocationVillage.com, I am a doctoral student in psychology and I am interested in learning more about the specialty area of consulting psychology. Can you tell me where I can find out more? Signed, Carolyn San Diego, CA Dear Carolyn, Consulting psychology is a great niche for psychologists who want to help an individual leader, […]

Entrepreneur Makes Money From Unusual Hobby

After losing his job and job hunting for over a year, Ben Coleman was on the verge of homelessness. Rather than continue to do what wasn’t working, Ben decided to launch a business focused on his unusual hobby of origami, the Japanese art of folding paper into shapes representing objects. As a writer and inventor, […]