KEEP CALM AND REIN­VENT

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IF THE LATE, GREAT DAVID BOWIE TAUGHT US ANY­THING, IT’S THAT REIN­VEN­TION IS A GOOD THING. IF YOU’RE NOT SAT­IS­FIED WITH THE CA­REER CHOICES YOU MADE ON A WHIM AS A HOR­MONAL TEENAGER, TAKE A WORD OF AD­VICE FROM EN­TREPRENEURS WHO CHANGED LANES – AND THEIR LIVES.

Not so long ago, the av­er­age ca­reer path looked pretty sim­i­lar – choose a vo­ca­tion, study and train, work a job, gain steady in­come, nab a gold watch, re­tire. Now, what was once manda­tory feels like an ar­chaic fan­tasy. It’s rare that in the fi­nal days of high school – or univer­sity for that mat­ter – you have the fore­sight or wis­dom to de­velop a well-formed idea of your pre­ferred fu­ture ca­reer. And with the digi­ti­sa­tion of the world not let­ting up any time soon, many in­dus­tries that were once a bea­con of op­por­tu­nity are shrink­ing in the throes of dra­matic change. Long story short, don’t ex­pect to be mar­ried to a sin­gle job – or in­dus­try – any­more. It’s about know­ing that mov­ing be­tween roles is in­evitable. It’s also about fol­low­ing your pas­sion if the day job isn’t quite work­ing out as you ex­pected. In the quest to trans­form their lives (and bank bal­ances), the brave are rein­vent­ing them­selves, pur­su­ing a project be­yond their train­ing or day-to-day ex­pe­ri­ence. Build­ing two ca­reers at the same time has, in many cases, be­come the new nor­mal. Whether driven by a de­sire to dis­rupt stale in­dus­tries, or to sim­ply sail into the wild seas of en­trepreneuri­al­ism, those who em­brace ca­reer rein­ven­tion find it meets a cat­a­logue of needs, ad­dress­ing stag­na­tion and com­pla­cency, dis­il­lu­sion­ment or cre­ative de­fi­cien­cies. Here, we spoke to sev­eral in­spir­ing types who ditched their orig­i­nal ca­reers to find suc­cess with their sec­ond act.

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