Career Change at Any Age

CareerCast - Life-long Career Development

Kathleen McDonald Siegmann Jim McKean Considering a career change? Are you in the early, middle, or later stage of your career? Kathleen McDonald Siegmann, founder of Career Investments, and Jim McKean, head of development and partner of the firm, believe that career change is possible at any age or stage of life. It all depends on your ability to show commitment, vitality, and value. In this CareerCast, Kathleen and Jim share their vast experience, insights, and practical tips on how to succeed in a career change—now or in the future.

Aired February 17, 2012

The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success, revised and updated edition by Nicholas Lore (2012)

Coach Yourself to a New Career: 7 Steps to Reinventing Your Professional Life by Talane Miedaner (2010)

This Is Not the Career I Ordered: Empowering Strategies from Women Who Recharged, Reignited, and Reinvented Their Careers by Caroline Dowd-Higgins (2010)

The 10 Laws of Career Reinvention: Essential Survival Skills for Any Economy by Pamela Mitchell (2009)

Getting Unstuck: A Guide to Discovering Your Next Career Path by Timothy Butler (2009)

Strategies for Successful Career Change: Finding Your Very Best Next Work Life by Martha E. Mangelsdorf (2009)

Your Next Move: The Leader’s Guide to Navigating Major Career Transitions by Michael D. Watkins (2009)

The Career Change Handbook: How to Find Out What You’re Good At and Enjoy—Then Get Someone to Pay You for It by Graham Green (2008)

Turning Points: Managing Career Transitions with Meaning and Purpose by Lisa Severy, Phoebe Ballard, and Jack Ballard (2008)

Over-40 Job Search Guide: 10 Strategies for Making Your Age an Advantage in Your Career by Gail Geary (2005)

Prior to founding Career Investments in June 2008, Kathleen was VP of professional placement for a $130 million regional staffing firm with over 60 US branch locations, where she was promoted to several roles during her 11-year tenure with responsibilities ranging from national recruiting efforts to corporate merger and acquisition activity to marketing and business development as a member of the senior management team.

Earlier in her career, Kathleen was program coordinator for the Indiana University Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation and also served as executive director of the Huntingburg, Indiana, Chamber of Commerce. Kathleen earned her BS in public affairs from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs and her MBA from the University of Chicago. She has served in the role of president for the Indy Reads board of directors and the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business Alumni Club of Indianapolis.

She is a graduate of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series, Class XXXI. Kathleen is an adjunct faculty instructor for Indiana University Bloomington, teaching Career Management Course V252/H267, and often is a presenter and media resource to discuss best practices and trends in career development.