Career moves at 60 years of age aren’t exactly easy. The last time I’d interviewed for a position was over 12 years ago. Let me explain.
In December of 2013, my corporate job as a Sr. Proposal Manager for a national construction firm was eliminated in a reorganization. I took a month off to gather my thoughts and decide what was next (I was living at the beach in Santa Cruz at the time so taking time off wasn’t so difficult). But I was undecided about what direction to take. Should I continue the hybrid existence as a part-time blogger and author coupled with a corporate position? Or, should I start a consulting business as a proposal manager and just keep going on a similar career path?
After a month of mulling it over, I started my own consulting business essentially doing the same job for many of the firms I worked alongside during the previous ten years. As I soon learned, going to work often required travel -flights, cars, and hotels on my own dime- and coupled with the reality of large firms slow-paying their consultants, I tired of the unpredictable cash flow. Then my father became gravely ill and I moved to San Jose to take care of him, in essence putting off the decision to return to the corporate world again. After a three-year battle with both Alzheimer’s dementia and pulmonary fibrosis, he passed away earlier this year.
I was now in a place to decide my future. I still felt the urge to return to the corporate setting and be a part of a productive team (it can be a rather solitary existence as a consultant, even for an introvert). I updated my resume, opened accounts on all the major job boards, and began responding to listings. [Read more…] about Full Circles