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.