August 5, 2009

New jobs: Building on skills, interests leads to non-media jobs

A newspaper designer who started her own firm and a former business editor who became a financial planner are two of the latest career changers featured in Joe Grimm's ongoing Monday series.

When Tiffany Hurt's post as a designer at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution was eliminated she became creative director at a her own graphic design business, Immanuel Designs, LLC. Learn how networking helped her make the transition and benefit from some of her hints.

David McPherson started planning his new business before leaving the Providence Journal. McPherson shares what he wishes he had done differently and why he left.

Joe Grimm, who left the Detroit Free Press a year ago, talked about his experiences post buyout in an online chat with Poynter last week. You can still read what was said online. (He ended his career at the press with an ice cream party. The last year has included teaching at Michigan State University, spending five weeks with high school students, delivering speeches - including one to copy editors, hosting many chats and Twittering and Twittering and blogging and blogging and answering questions as a recruiter.

Want to keep reading about people who moved out of media jobs into new ones? I looked at the growng number of people looking at the growing number leaving, or read Beyond the Buyout, Beyond the Byline or pick up a few ideas on surviving in Buyout journalists, remember this or Journalists not the first to start over or Talent will outlast jobs or careers.


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