Topic: Career change

Corporate Detox Week: I Took An 80% Pay Cut To Work Outdoors

Corporate Detox Week: I Took An 80% Pay Cut To Work Outdoors

For 10 years, Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin was a successful big-city lawyer in San Francisco and Sacramento. She worked long hours and earned great money, and her climb up the corporate ladder was going just as planned. Meanwhile, she spent her weekends fighting traffic for hours to get to the mountains at Lake Tahoe or Yosemite, where she could pursue her real passion: rock climbing. But on the cusp of making partner at her firm, she walked away. Now Rajagopal-Durbin works for a wilderness training school in Wyoming, making 20% of what she earned as a lawyer. (That’s her climbing in the photo.) She spoke with me about the last straw that made her leave her firm, what the move meant for her husband and young son, and why she’s never looked back. More »

6 Steps To Finding Your Passion In Your Career

6 Steps To Finding Your Passion In Your Career

Ruth Zive spent more than a decade working for a nonprofit, in a job she describes in a new Forbes post as “okay”: “It came easily to me, paid the bills, and was a very comfortable career path.” But it didn’t put a spring in her step every morning. So she took a leap and quit, to pursue her own corporate communications business. She offers some hard-won tips on how to find and pursue your passion. More »