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December 31 2013

10:41

Mentors For A New Career

This Program Is Rebroadcast From September 25, 2013

Want to start a new career? A new business? We have the ready mentors for you. With real world advice.

This June 3, 2013 photo shows chef Dominique Ansel making Cronuts, a croissant-donut hybrid, at the Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York. (AP)

This June 3, 2013 photo shows chef Dominique Ansel making Cronuts, a croissant-donut hybrid, at the Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York. (AP)

It’s been a wild economic ride for years now.  Or just a grind for many, just hanging on, hanging in.  Maybe you’ve dreamed of throwing over the plod of a dull career.

Maybe you’ve been thrown.  Pushed by dreams or necessity into starting something new.  A new career, a new line of work.  A new coffee shop, or hair salon, or organic farm, or app factory.  What’s it really take to make a go of it?  The nitty-gritty requirements?

Most people don’t know.  But you can ask.  Find a mentor in the biz.  Get a leg up.

This hour, On Point:  What it really takes to chase that new dream, make that change.

- Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Brian Kurth, founder & CEO of Pivot Planet and Pivot Enterprise, two online services that match mentors in different fields with people looking to start a new career in those fields. (@briankurth7)

Kathy Krepcio, executive director of the Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. (@krepcio)

Duncan Goodall, a PivotPlanet mentor and owner of Koffee on Audubon, a coffee shop in New Haven Connecticut.

Melissa Owen, co-owner with her husband Gerry of the Fourteen-Eighteen Coffee House.  They were mentored by Duncan Goodall via PivotPlanet. Former operating room nurse.

Samantha Swaim, a PivotPlanet mentor and head of her own event planning and charity fundraising firm, Samantha Swaim Fundraising.

From Tom’s Reading List

The New York Times: Taste-Testing a Second Career, With a Mentor – ”PivotPlanet lists mentors in about 200 fields, from acupuncturist to pet therapist to television host. Want to be a meteorologist? Paul Cousins of Portland, Me., will Skype you some advice for $84 an hour. Want to be a winemaker? The site lists four mentors. Interested in becoming a ‘tiny home builder’? Brad Kittel, in Luling, Tex., will show you how.”

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Things to consider before changing careers – ”Before changing careers, it’s best to sit down and honestly assess what is motivating your potential move. If you harbor a strong desire to pursue a passion and make it your career, then changing careers is probably something you must do. But if you are changing careers because you feel slighted by a current employer or you feel like changing for the sake of change, then you might want to reconsider.”

Forbes: How To Reinvent Yourself Into A New Career – ”Changing careers and reinventing yourself isn’t easy – particularly when you’re passionate about a new field with no clearly-defined point of entry. But as Yost’s experience shows, being clear about your goals and steadily moving forward on your plan can get you there. How are you reinventing yourself?”

June 23 2013

21:27

Job Searching While Black: What's Behind The Unemployment Gap?

November 07 2011

00:52

Background Briefing - 6 November 2011 - Qantas and the ghost of Workchoices

Qantas has opened a new industrial relations battlefront. The Labor government's Fair Work laws are being put to the test but there are bigger political implications for the Opposition, which is split over whether to re-embrace Workchoices, the IR policy that many believe brought an end to the Howard government. http://www.abc.net.au/rn/backgroundbriefing/stories/2011/3353325.htm

September 03 2011

01:00

Career Innovation - Manifesto Podcast

There are still many deeply embedded perceptions and practices that inhibit the agility that companies demand, and the flexibility for which workers yearn. There seems to be a missing link; the link between organisational agility and individual flexibility. The Ci Group’s 2005 Agile Resourcing programme set out to identify the ideal employment deals for tomorrow’s diverse workforce, together with evidence of how companies can increase scalability, versatility and flexibility. It included a new global survey of knowledge workers. The resulting "Manifesto for the New Agile Workplace" distils the outputs from the programme and seeks to challenge some of the assumptions about work that are preventing companies and individuals from achieving the kind of workplace each desires. The “Manifesto for the New Agile Workplace” reveals ways companies can create an enterprising results-based culture. http://www.careerinnovation.com/viewreport.asp?ReportID=6

February 26 2011

12:37

Careers Talk podcast: James Caan on pitching yourself to employers | Guardian careers | guardian.co.uk

November 23 2010

01:59

The Long-Term Unemployed

Long-term unemployment is at its highest since the Great Depression. How do people manage? Get by? Find a job? We ask.

October 21 2010

22:24

NPR's Planet Money: When A Dead-End Job Isn't A Dead End

"How does a guy whose mom is a heroin addict — a guy who drops out of high school, has a kid, and starts working a minimum-wage job at a fast-food restaurant — climb out of poverty? On today's Planet Money, we hear the answer from Katherine Newman. Newman, a sociologist, found 300 people who were working at fast-food restaurants in Harlem in the early '90s. She followed them for the next eight years and told the story in a book called Chutes and Ladders. About a third of the people she followed managed to rise out of poverty during that time. A lot, of course, had to do with individual initiative — taking the civil service exam, landing union jobs, that sort of thing." From http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2010/10/19/130678389/the-tuesday-podcast

August 17 2010

20:57

How We Save (and Spend) Now

Americans have suddenly become savers – but still spend in surprising ways. We look at the new profile of how we save, spend and splurge.

August 11 2010

22:15

Deflation Fears: A Lost U.S. Decade?

Deflation worries. High unemployment and low consumer confidence. Is the US looking at a Japan-style meltdown?

July 20 2010

22:25

New White Racial Anxieties?

In the age of diversity, are elite universities denying working class whites equal treatment? New racial anxieties, and who’s getting left behind in America.
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