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(Career) Change is Good

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Who doesn’t need inspiration in this economy? Hi I’m Maggie Mistal, career coach and host of Making a Living with Maggie, Wednesdays 4pm EST/1pm PST. I'd like to share with you a recap of the advice and ideas shared by me and my guests, now a weekly blog feature.

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This week, Laura Rolands inspires us with her successful career change story. A former HR executive at Chrysler, Laura is now pursuing her dream of being an attention coach, helping people overcome their attention-related challenges. After discussing her ideal career, I helped Laura see that helping her own child deal with attention-related difficulties engendered a passion and a talent for assisting others with ADD or ADHD. She found that her corporate experience coaching employees translates directly into her new attention coaching business, and she’s already attracting clients.

If you’re contemplating a career change:

• Start off by writing out your ideal day including your schedule, who you work with, what you’re responsible for, and how you feel at the end of the day

• Next, research possible careers that match your interests on useful sites like There you’ll find free online information on hundreds of careers.

• Test out your new career by volunteering or doing a project for friends and family. You’ll get to know if the reality of the career matches up with your ideal.

In all change comes opportunity. See what silver lining you can find in this economy to move your career forward. It might just lead to your ideal career! For more career tips and advice visit,

Comments (2)

  • Great advice! Thanks. Looking forward to more posts.

  • Thanks for having me on your show Maggie. I really enjoyed talking with you and your other listeners. One piece of advice I would add is to join a local association of professionals in your field or desired field. For example, I joined the Professional Coaches Association of Michigan before I started my business. It is a great way to find people to do informational interviews with.

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