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Hi Friends,

I just met Scott Tennyson (Related to the other Tennyson?  You make the judgement…probably a few beers and whatever else in between) here in Portland.  He’s in Portland visiting his daughter, Nichole.

Scott EXUDES what career change is all about.  Positive attitude.  Having fun.  And a bit of “early retirement” while figuring out what his encore career really is.

Now….a bit of a warning: He’s sassy and uses the F-bomb freely….so if you’re a prude, don’t read.  But if you’re a forward-thinking person wanting to really make change at any age (Scott is 57), then take a read:

Follow Your Passion For A Career in Travel & Hospitality
One-Hour Free Teleclass
8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific

Do you dream of working in the travel and hospitality industries? These are challenging times for both industries, but where there is a will and a plan, there is a way. Follow your passions and your dreams (and a decent living!) can come true. To encourage you and provide valuable advice and tips on how to break into jobs such as Tour Director, Travel Writer, Bed & Breakfast Owner, etc., we are thrilled to host a free teleclass on Thursday, May 28.

Join Travel Writer Ron Stern , Big Mill Bed & Breakfast Owner Chloe Tuttle; National Park Tour Director Kent Taylor; VocationVacations Alum Darlene Proctor (who took a B & B Owner VocationVacation with Chloe) and Career Expert and VocationVacations founder, Brian Kurth, for the free teleclass

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Hi Friends,

I will be moderating a FANTASTIC panel of experts who work in animal-related fields TONIGHT at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific.

The panel includes Dr. Jon Geller (who, in his 40’s went back to school to become a vet!  Dr. Jon now practices in Colorado), Judy Robin (Horse Boarder and Stable Owner in Kentucky), Debi Ropes (Dog Daycare Owner in Colorado) and Paula Vellozzi (Alpaca Rancher/Breeder in Oregon).

If you’re like many of my career consulting clients, you’ve perhaps always dreamed about working in a career that involves animals, but have never known HOW to get into the business.   This is the perfect (FREE!) teleclass for you….please feel free to also tell your friends!

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I’m really excited about our FREE teleclass this Wednesday:

“How To Find A Career Working With Animals” — and I don’t mean the two-legged ones you may currently be working with!  🙂

Hundreds of people are signed up….but we can have up to 1,000 so the more the merrier.  Tell your friends and family who are animal lovers and dream of making their career working with them.

Sign-up here!  Wed April 29 8pm Eastern / 5pm Pacific


Hi Everyone!

I am spending time working through the nuts and bolts of what I consider the EIGHT most important components of a successful career transition with my career transitioning clients.  I am sharing a top-level overview of these eight components with you.  Obviously, as we “peel back the onion” together in one-on-one career consultation, there’s a lot more hard work to be done for EACH component.  That goes without saying, I suppose.  But, this gives you an initial feel for the eight key components. As always, I’m here to assist you in your career transition.   Additionally, if your company, alumni association or club/organization would like to organize a teleclass based on these eight key components,  I am happy to host such a teleclass.  


1.  Define What a “Great Job” Is

What are your passions and interests? What activities give you a sense of purpose and satisfaction?  The career transition process gives you the opportunity to explore, experiment and discover what a “great job” means and how to pursue it.

2.  Address Fear

Financial instability, family disruption, giving up an identity, failing at something new.  These are all fears that may stand in your way of successful career transition. The biggest thing you can do to get past these fears is to meet them head-on. Bring these deepest fears to light and examine them with reason; talk about them; play each one out to its most irrational end. What is the worst thing that could happen?

3.  Create an Action Plan with a Timeline and Goals

Pursuing the ideal career is less a leap than a series of incremental steps that move you closer to your goal. What is critical to reaching that goal is making sure the steps you follow are the right ones. An action plan is needed.  If you make a list of all the things you need to learn and do in order to realize a great new job, you will have mapped out a plan for moving ahead.  A knowledgeable action plan provides you with the power to forge ahead.

4.  Find a Mentor

Inspirational, experienced, realistic, forthcoming and optimistic.  A good mentor is all of these things and eager to help someone else get started.  Recruiting a mentor who is a good match for you requires following a plan of action, asking the right questions and building a mutually satisfying relationship.  Having a mentor is at the crux to a successful career transition.  Whether you are 20-something, 30-something, 40-something, 50-something or even 60-something, you need a mentor in your desired career.   

5.  Test-Drive A New Job or Career

There’s no better way to learn than by doing. Test-driving a new job with a mentor provides a hands-on experience that has the potential to change your life. This is the opportunity to learn as much as possible about the job, how you feel about the day-to-day activities and what it takes to succeed.  The volunteer mentorship experience gives you the required personal and professional due diligence you need prior to making a career transition.

6.  Create Your Professional Brand

Your professional brand (including a professional biography, in addition to your resume) separates you from your competitors and colleagues. Professional branding is not about building a persona.  Instead, it is a way for you to maximize your key passions, attributes, skills, strengths and values – and use them to differentiate yourself in the workplace.

7.  Network, Network, Network

You need to reach out to people with similar interests and goals. Additionally, you need to do your homework and access resources ranging from LinkedIn, Yahoo!Groups, Twitter, etc. within the online social networking world, to the good, old-fashioned one-on-one interaction with people in the field you are exploring, as well as business and university alumni associations.  

8.  Establish Thresholds

The biggest benefit to a successful career transition is increased life satisfaction. It is important to understand how much risk, challenge and uncertainty one can tolerate before the life satisfaction goal becomes blurred by the process.  The career transition process is as much about what you learn on the journey as the rewards when you reach your destination.


My Career Transition book:  Test-Drive Your Dream Job:  A Step-By-Step Guide To Finding And Creating The Work You Love (Hachette, 2008)

For those of you addicted to Dancing with the Stars (the new cycle debuts tonight!) like me, I want to encourage you to see YOURSELF as a star.  Yes, that’s right.  You are the star.  A few thoughts:

1.  OK, so you might not make it on the show, Dancing with the Stars, but you CAN still make your dreams come true of working in dance!  Live the dream.

2. Reach out to people in the field — get a mentor!  Volunteer some time at your local performing arts center…or a local dance studio.  Go to as many dance related events as possible.  

3.  Take some classes.  Feed your avocational passion!  Avocation sometimes leads to vocation.

4.  Perhaps you even are ready to test-drive your dream job.  We have some GREAT VocationVacations that fit the bill:

Ballroom Dance Studio Owner with Tina and Gabriel Simon — they’re a complete stitch.  You’ll have a blast and learn a ton!

Performing Arts Director with mentor Gracey Tune who happens to be Tony-award winning Tommy Tune’s sister

Choreographer with mentor Kishaya, who has choreographed Gwen Stefani and Disney’s High School Musical!

Broadway Director and Choreographer with Tony-nominated Jeff Calhoun!

Follow those dance dreams…and just know I’ll be joining you tonight at 8pm EST/PST for Dancing with the Stars!  🙂


I have been hearing over and over again from people who’ve been laid off that they’re looking for something “different” than the traditional outplacement services.  Something more “pragmatic”.  Something more “hands on”.  People are coming to us in the hopes that we have something “different” to offer and we’re listening.  

Hence,  VocationInnovations Outplacement Services will launch in coming days.

VocationInnovations is EXACTLY what you’re going to want in outplacement from your former employer.  Or if you are a staffing manager having to make difficult lay-offs, then VocationInnovations will assist you in softening the blow to your soon-to-be former employees.  

VocationInnovations will guide people to:

Create a personal brand vs. write yet another version of their resume;  

Transition to a whole new career or start their own business versus just get another corporate job (that may not even exist in today’s economy!);

Attain their own expert, hands-on mentor in their desired new vocation.

These are just a few of the highlights of how VocationInnovations is different…and how it’s going to meet the needs for those being laid off while offering the former employer an affordable alternative to traditional outplacement based on return-on-investment:  knowing that their former employees landed desirable jobs or created their dream businesses after going through VocationInnovations.

To be one of the first to know about VocationInnovations’ launch, please sign up for my blog updates and ask your HR managers to do the same.   Coming Soon!



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