If you missed this engaging conversation about How to Change Careers over 40, watch the recording! This is the latest of Repurpose Your Purpose’s Panel Discussion Events on How to Change Careers.
Watch this inspiring conversation about changing careers later in life and be inspired by the real-life experience of three successful career changers.
- Do you feel called to do something more with your life…but you are not sure what?
- Do you want to change careers but are stuck on what the next steps are?
- Do you worry about being “too old,” or facing ageism in the job market?
- Do you find yourself torn between sticking with what you do now (and invested years and money to build) and wishing you could just start over?
Sometimes getting older increases your desire to contribute: as you achieve the goals you had earlier in life, discover what is most meaningful to you, or come face to face with the fact that after years of toil you are still unhappy in your current role, changing careers over 40 can be one of the most powerful, scary, courageous, and rewarding things you do.
How can you pursue a career change – especially if you are not sure what you want to do – at midlife or later?
I asked three career changers who took the leap and now do work they love:
- Kate Torgersen – Founder and CEO of Milk Stork
- Anthony Barcelo – Lead VFX Compositor and Entrepreneur
- Christa Núñez – Founder and Director at The Learning Farm
We talked about:
- How to handle fear
- Changing careers while parenting
- Being an entrepreneur
- Finances and changing careers
- Dealing with low energy
- What changing careers is really like
- …and more!
The conversation starts around the 9 min and 45 second mark.
Psst: apologies for my sound. I had an issue with my mic. You can still hear me, but it’s not as good sound as usual 🙁
Meet the Panelists:
KATE TORGERSEN is the founder and CEO of Milk Stork®, the first-ever breast milk shipping company. Since launching in 2015, Milk Stork’s award-winning services have supported breastfeeding, traveling moms at more than 700 companies, and Milk Stork has delivered more than 3,200,000 ounces of breast milk – helping traveling moms maintain their commitment to breastfeeding.
Kate founded Milk Stork out of a personal need while working as senior executive communications manager at Clif Bar & Company. Within a few days, Milk Stork landed its first enterprise partner, one of the world’s largest consulting firms. Since then Milk Stork has become an essential benefit for progressive, family-friendly companies supporting more than 700 employers, including Pinterest, Viacom, Unilever, Activision Blizzard, Nissan, Home Depot, Hilton, and many others.
An advocate for working mothers, Kate has made it her mission to normalize pumping and motherhood in the workplace. When she isn’t brainstorming innovative solutions to make breastfeeding logistics easier, Kate is busy shuttling her three kids to their various sports practices, tackling her favorite Peloton ride, or trying desperately to get eight uninterrupted hours of sleep.
ANTHONY BARCELO is a Lead VFX Compositor and Entrepreneur. He’s worked for TV shows, commercials, and feature films such as Star Wars VII The Force Awakens, Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and more.
CHRISTA NÚÑEZ is an African American entrepreneur, researcher,agriculture educator, social justice practitioner and storyteller. She focuses her work on creating cooperative land governance models and equitable food systems with African diaspora communities. As a facilitator for change in the realm of narrative building, education and food justice, she collaborates with stakeholders across multicultural, multigenerational and interdisciplinary lines, cooperating primarily on projects with children and families.
Her organizations are Planet Kidizen Inc of which The Learning Farm is a part, and Khuba International, her non profit that supports youth and family access, power and agency in land and food systems.
At The Learning Farm, children and families engage in the outdoors and discover their connection to local, sustainable food production and shared community meals.The Learning Farm’s mission is to give children the tools, support, and motivation necessary to become responsible, knowledgeable and caring citizens. The Learning Farm does this through fostering a better understanding of where food comes from and involving kids in production, distribution and consumption of sustainably-farmed and fished, locally-produced food. Children learn to grow, harvest, cook and share the great bounty of what grows abundantly nearby to where they live and to do so in a mindful and caring way.
The Learning Farm is a place where community members immerse themselves in the study of living things, agriculture, and food, as well as have opportunity to brainstorm and discuss practical solutions to the challenges facing the planet with regard to how we grow food. Here, students learn the meaning and value of bio-diversity: how animals — cows, horses, birds – interact beneficially with orchards, wildlands, woodlands; and how row crops – vines, root veggies, grains – do well right next to bush fruit and berries; and how insects and other beneficials – microbes, mycorrhizae, spongi – are their friends, all going in together to support a healthy and vibrant natural world and great food.