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New business PivotPlanet lets people test the waters of career change

Thursday, October 4, 2012

It's no secret that cereer transitions can be very difficult. KSTP recently profiled PivotPlanet, a new business aimed at making the process a little bit more manageable by linking aspirants with high-quality expert advisors for live, one-hour video or phone conferences. Company founder Brian Kurth explained that ""It helps you decide 'is this the direction I want to go?' Is it the answer, is it the cure-all? Probably not in an hour. But you can determine 'is this something I want to pursue further?'"

Sally Power, UST professor emeritus and author of The Mid Career Success Guide: Planning for the Second Half of Your Working Life, approves. "Most people who've done research on this say it takes between one and five years," she says. "It's changing your identity. And so you should really look at it, particularly in the early stages, as an experiment. You shouldn't put all your eggs in one basket. Leave things tentative, so that if it's not working in a couple months, you can get out."

Originally published: 10/04/2012, KSTP