Information, helpful advice, and commentary about topics relevant to relaunchers.

Relaunching - An Ideal Time for Career Reinvention

A question I often hear from relaunchers is:  “I have no idea what I want to pursue next, but I definitely don’t want to return to what I did before. Now what?"

Relaunching is an ideal time for career reinvention, but changing careers can be intimidating. I encourage you to view this period not as a time of uncertainty, but rather as a time of opportunity - the impetus for self-discovery and exploration.

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"How can I deal with rejection better?"

Rejection can sting, especially when you haven't experienced it in a while. In fact, without a rejection strategy, you could find yourself derailing - just as you are finally executing on your career search. The great news is that learning to deal with rejection is like building a muscle that hasn't been flexed in a while. With a plan and practice, your rejection 'muscle' will strengthen and you will be able to forge ahead, regardless of what is thrown your way. 
To get ahead of rejection, here is a strategy to have in place:

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Don’t Talk Yourself Out of an Opportunity

About a year ago I planned an alumni event on networking. Led by an experienced career coach, we were given role-playing exercises on introducing ourselves as well as entering and exiting ongoing conversations in a social setting. Over the course of the evening one voice stood out for me. My radar went up. I knew those questions, that doubt. She was a relauncher. After the session ended, I introduced myself, and I was right. She was a human rights lawyer volunteering for a refugee NGO and wanted to know how she should introduce herself if she was not being paid. I was flabbergasted.

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Shonda Rhimes found inspiration from her relauncher mother

People often ask Shonda Rhimes, creator, head writer, and executive producer of ABC's Grey's Anatomy and Scandal, executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder, and mother of three girls, how she manages to raise her children and be at the forefront of three of television's hottest series. In a recent interview on NPR's Fresh Air, Rhimes revealed that her inspiration comes her mother, who relaunched after raising Rhimes and her five siblings:

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The one thing you should do to achieve your resolution to relaunch in 2016

This is your year! You've decided that in 2016, you're going to restart your career, either in an industry where you've previously worked or in a new one. You're raring to go! To make your relaunch happen this year, what is the first, most important thing that you should do now? Revise your dusty, old resume? No.  Arrange as many informational interviews as possible in your targeted industry? No. Find a volunteer position that allows a prospective employer to test drive your work and gives you current experience and contacts? No.

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Wall Street Reentry Internship Programs

2015 marked a year of expansion of the Wall Street reentry internship programs globally, domestically, and across business lines. Morgan Stanley's Return to Work program is now in New York, London, Mumbai and Hong  Kong. Goldman Sachs Returnship is in New York, Bangalore, Salt Lake City, Chicago and Dallas. Credit Suisse' Real Returns is running in New York, London and Zürich, and JP Morgan's ReEntry program has expanded from the original asset management cohort to legal, corporate investment banking and now the internal finance department. ReEntry is also piloting in London.

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“My mom works at Golden Snacks," over 600 attendees, and more from the 18th iRelaunch Return-to-Work Conference

“My Mom Works at Golden Snacks!”  Raeshma Patel may have had the quote of the day when she recounted how proud her 5-year-old son was of her relaunch at Goldman Sachs through their Returnship® program as part of the Reentry Internship Panel at the 2015 iRelaunch Return to Work Conference. Morgan Stanley’s Chief Human Resources Officer Jeffrey Brodsky spoke movingly about contemplating a career break while dealing with health care issues among close family members.

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