About Me

My name is Ivana, and I am embarking on a major career change (for more, please see ivanasays.com/about)

I am no novice at big life and career shifts:

  • at the age of 27, I came to the US with a half-full suitcase, no status, no job and no family to help
  • at the age of 37, I left a well-paid job in a prestigious law firm, and went to UC Berkeley to get my BA

yet, there are things I am worried about: money, failure, not shining in my new career.

One thing I am not worried about, however, is that I am doing this too late. Sure, I am doing it LATER than many a friend, boss, family member thought I would or should, but this is my path, with every experience up to now mattering, and I am just so excited to be on it.

At the same time, I can’t help but notice mounds of negativity, skepticism and sometimes downright derision about midlife career change – both in my personal life and in the public sphere. In this blog, I hope to offer encouragement to all those experiencing this “treatment”, and, of course, demonstrate that it is complete nonsense.

I also plan to offer practical advice (I was a successful Project and HR person), muse some (I studied the humanities, and believe in holistic personalities and broad education), and hopefully entertain.

Last but not the least, I hope to contribute, even in a minor way, to our culture snapping out of its, well, childish, obsession with youth, and make it focus on beauties, benefits and importance of maturity, including that of people in the workforce.

  4 comments for “About Me

  1. February 28, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    It’s true what they say: you should make a 180° shift in your career every 10 years. And that means that you need a complete change. In my case – leaving a 10 years of law enforcement service to start on my own. I’m telling you: they were right. Keep it up Ivana. Remember: don’t follow the way; invent the way.

    Igor

    • Ivana
      March 1, 2015 at 4:16 am

      Thank you so much Igor! I admire your decision: yours seems like the kind of job that is really hard to leave because it provides a sense of security and continuity…everything that is hard to leave behind. I needed a mantra for March: “Invent the Way” it is! Thanks!

      • March 1, 2015 at 8:42 pm

        No problem. Make the best out of it. I have to admit it to you: it takes some serious guts to pack the bags and leave Europe. Kapa dolje! Svaka čast!

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