Monday August 19, 2013 | 08:30 AM
Posted by Barbara Babkirk

Snazzy car, money in the bank, respected career, sense of purpose--whatever success is to you, it is likely to be influenced by your age and life stage.

My clients, most of whom are over 40 and in what's known as the "second half of life", attest to that. While their areas of expertise and professional fields vary greatly, their career goals are similar.

Whether their career transition is self-initiated or employer-driven through a layoff, they use words like "meaning, satisfaction, purpose and engagement" to describe their ultimate career goals. That's not to say that money is not important to some, it's just that it rarely makes it to the top of their priority list.
In contrast, the clients of my associate, Amy Jaffe who works with young adults in the "first half of life", in the midst of launching a career, have more concrete aspirations.

In keeping with the human development theories of Eric Erikson and Carl Jung, Amy's clients are seeking a work identity in the form of a recognized job title, an opportunity in the marketplace where they can develop skills, earn a paycheck and pay their bills. Additionally, some young adults look to please parents in their choice of careers, only to make a significant change later in life when they are more interested in what pleases them.

You can expect a range of topics in the Heart At Work blogs authored by me and my colleague, Scott Woodard from current marketplace challenges and tips to interesting anecdotes from clients (anonymous, of course) that may help you on your own career journey.

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About this Blog

Barbara Babkirk is a Master Career Counselor and founder of Heart At Work Associates, a career counseling and outplacement firm in Portland.

With a focused and intuitive approach, Barbara makes a difference in people’s lives by helping them design a new life chapter. She has a successful record guiding career transitions for professionals ranging from executives and artists to attorneys and entrepreneurs.

An expert in her field, Barbara is a public speaker on work-related topics writes a solutions-oriented column about work for the Portland Sunday Telegram.


Scott Woodard is a career coach with Heart At Work Associates, a career counseling and outplacement business in Portland, Maine.

Scott works with clients to identify and articulate their value and their personal brand. He helps clients develop clear, concise and crisp messaging to convey their particular difference, their achievements and their approach.

Scott coaches clients to market their brand through social media platforms, especially LinkedIn. He offers monthly workshops on how to make the most of LinkedIn for businesses or job seekers.

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