For Some, Vacation Plans Include Finding New Career

July 29, 2008 06:02 AM
by Anne Szustek
Layoffs and career malaise are among the reasons some professionals are looking to sample a few days in another profession—on and off camera.

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Layoffs, impending retirement, and even simple boredom are prompting some to wonder what their lives could have been had they chosen to wander down another career path. Career-counseling companies and television shows are cashing in on the trend.

For as little as $549, VocationVacations offers those feeling trapped in their careers—or those just toying with a change—time to, as company founder Brian Kurtz says, “test drive” a new job. Kurtz says on a CNBC clip, “This economy has been the nudge. It’s been the kick in the you-know-where.”

Many of his clients worked in the mortgage industry. But other “Vocationers” are burned-out legal, medical and IT professionals—sectors relatively untouched by the credit crunch.

Some baby boomers take up a new career path after facing an ethical impasse. Inc. magazine cited a recent study that showed some 8.4 million baby boomers have taken up “encore” careers, often in social service sectors.

Such was the case for Robert Pondiscio, a former communications executive for BusinessWeek who joined the NYC Teaching Fellows program. “Like many New Yorkers, I'd spent a lot of time thinking about ways to give back in the months following September 11,” he writes.

Others do it for entertainment. Bob Blumer, a former music business manager, hosts “Glutton for Punishment,” a cable program where he learns a new culinary-related trade each a week, such as working as a breakfast line cook and as a Las Vegas bartender.

Headline Link: ‘Vocation Vacations’

Background: Vacationing to work, trying a new persona

Opinion & Analysis: Baby boomers, Gen Xers, look for life change

Reference: Career transitions

Related Topics: Staycation


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