This is a real life story about a career change from being a Broker and General Manager of four RE/MAX Real Estate Sales Offices to Travel Writer and Photographer.
Q1: What was the driver for the change?
A1: Combination of the original job, which was so stressful that it made me quite ill, and the desire to do the only things that had ever really interested me: travel, writing, and photography.
Q2: How did you make the transition?
A2: I just did it. It helped that I’d been writing, traveling, and taking photos for many years, but I think the biggest driver of my success was the ability to envision what I wanted to become.
Q3: What education or training did you get?
A3: I attended some writing seminars and had been studying photography for years.
Q4: What do you like the most about your new career?
A4: The ability to introduce others to different cultures and to educate that we are all humans, and are not so different from each other, no matter where we come from.
Q5: Please describe your overall career change experience.
A5: It took me three years to begin to earn enough money in my new career just to cover my expenses, but it has been well worth the effort. I used to have a great deal of money but was miserable; now I just barely make ends meet but I am joyful and cannot wait to get up every morning to do what I love.
Q6: What advice will you give to people who want to change careers?
A6: Just do it.
Interviewer Comments: you can read more about Barbara Ann Weibel’s personal journey on her blog Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
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