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Helping mid-career executives find their way

Helping business people on the right pathSince I retired from my business in 2012, I have been looking for a way to share the many lessons I learned that will help someone else.

Well folks, after a lot of looking, I believe I have found a way! I want to help executives who, in mid-career, have been downsized or laid off. I feel very passionate about this because I was downsized four times in my career and the fifth time was looming when I took control of my future and started my business, John Bailey & Associates Public Relations, at age 57.

I realized this new passion while speaking to the Fall 2013 graduating class of the Michigan Shifting Gears program. Many of the approximately 40 mid-career executives had been laid off or downsized; some were still working but all entered the 8-week program seeking to redirect or refocus their career. Shifting Gears gave them that and more.

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What happens when you get laid off or downsized?

Middle aged woman laid off from her white collar job carries a box of her belongings.  Isolated on white.Layoffs and downsizings have been happening to people practically since the beginning of time. This happens to many good people, and quite often, more than once.

When it does happen, you may feel like a failure, a louse, a complete and utter zero. ā€œIā€™m too old to start over! This is awful! My career could be over!ā€ Then you have to tell people like your spouse, the kids, and all of your other family and friends. Things could not be worse, or so you may feel.

It is hard to realize that a layoff is not an ending, but rather, a beginning. You now have an immediate opportunity to reevaluate yourself and your career, and then plan for a new future. I have gone through this four times and almost a fifth. To me, each was an exciting time. It can be for you, too! Continue reading