1. Welcome to the Repurpose Your Career Podcast, with Marc Miller. #001 Marc Miller - Career Designer for Career Pivot 13:40

This podcast is where those of us in the second half of life come together to discuss how to repurpose our careers for the 21st Century. Come listen to career experts give you proven strategies, listen to people like you tell their stories on how they repurposed their careers, and finally, get your questions answered. Your host, Marc Miller, has made six career pivots over the last 30 years. He understands this is not about jumping out of the frying pan into a fire, but rather, to create a plan where you make clear, actionable steps, or pivots, to a better future career. Are you ready to repurpose your career? Let’s get started!


In this episode, Marc introduces the podcast, defines some terms he uses, and tells how the episodes will run. Finally, Marc outlines the episode topics for November through January.

  Key Takeaways:  

[1:44] The easiest way to explain the second half of life is by defining the first half of life. In the first half of life, we: are born, grow up, get educated, start our career, get married, have kids, get a mortgage.

[2:05] At some point in time — it could be in our 40’s, 50’s or 60’s — our career means something different to us and our focus changes.

[2:18] Marc’s change of focus occurred in his mid-forties. After working at IBM for 22 years, he left, to join a successful engineering startup.

[2:32] Marc received a retention bonus that allowed him to pay off his mortgage and finance his son’s college education. He also experienced two pivotal events: a serious bicycle accident, and the death of his mother. His focus changed.

[3:47] For you, it might be when your child leaves, or you pay off the mortgage, or you plateau in your career and you want a change.

[4:09] What it is to repurpose your career? Changing careers by half-steps, and repurposing skills learned in one career, to a different, but related, career that involves some of the same skills.

[5:02] Marc explores the journey he took to develop this podcast with input from the Career Pivot community.

[6:33] Marc outlines and describes the four weekly show formats: Expert Interviews, Interviews with people who have successfully repurposed their careers, and Chapter Reviews of Marc’s upcoming book, Repurpose Your Career.

[8:46] Upcoming episodes in November include interviews with author Chris Farrell, and Joel Dobbs (who repurposed his career), a book chapter preview, and Mailbag.

[9:52] Episodes coming up in December include interviews with author Kerry Hannon, and entrepreneur Mike O’Krent, a book chapter preview, and Mailbag.

[11:06] Episodes coming up in January include interviews with author Taylor Pearson and entrepreneur Vicki McCullough, a book chapter preview, and Mailbag.


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Repurpose Your Career: A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers, by Marc Miller

Unretirement: How Baby Boomers are Changing the Way We Think About Work, Community, and the Good Life, by Chris Farrell

What’s Next?: Finding Your Passion and Your Dream Job in Your Forties, Fifties and Beyond, by Kerry Hannon

The End of Jobs: Money, Meaning and Freedom Without the 9-to-5, by Taylor Pearson