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THE AGE OF OPPORTUNITY

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Whether you’re 25 or 65, changing careers can be exhilarating, scary and everything in between. Meet four people who are daring to change it up.
FROM COSMETOLOGIST TO COOK

“Older people can learn and change careers just as younger people can.

-CHARLOTTE GREEN-HAWKINS, AGE: 57

I have had several careers. I’ve been a seamstress, a cosmetologist, an accountant. And now, here I am, a culinary chef.

My daughters have pretty much learned from me that you can make a career change at any age and succeed at it. You just got to be confident.

FROM TEACHER TO PRODUCER

I think the best part about shifting from education into production was the joy in finding a path that I felt was the right one for me.

-SOPHIE LUO, AGE: 27

For my entire life before that, I was kind of following a set path to success…which involved going to a certain college, getting a certain degree, exploring a very limited number of careers that society and my family and my peers would deem acceptable.

I feel pretty excited for what’s coming up next…there is a lot of pressure in society to accomplish things before the age of 30, especially for women…I used to have anxiety about not getting enough done fast enough, but I no longer feel that way.

FROM SOLDIER TO SCHOLAR

“[The scariest part of the transition] was the ego…sitting in the classroom with people 20 years younger than me. Could I keep up with them?”

-WILLIAM DOUGLAS, AGE: 53

“But I think some of the wisdom that I gained and acquired in the military helped me…I was able to use the wisdom that I acquired to help them. So it became a give and take situation, instead of me walking away feeling defeated.”

I don’t have any bad feelings about my age. I think that I’ve lived a pretty healthy and happy life and I’m excited about the years to come, more so than what’s behind it.

FROM PRODUCER TO BARBER

“I’m 32 and the thought of transitioning to a new career, after over 10 years in the career that I’ve been in, it’s really exciting for me.”

-LEAH JUBARA, AGE: 32

“The limits of society on career shifts like this are immense…There is a stigma about having paid so much money to go to college for something, and then take a totally different path.”

“I’m excited for that newness and not being good at what I’m doing for a while.

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