My Career

  • Why You Should Worship Your Librarian

    Why You Should Worship Your Librarian

    It always comes up. The moment you mention that you went to graduate school for a degree in Library Science, someone will ask you, "How hard is it to put a book on a shelf?" That is when you flash your professional smile that says, "How clever you are," and reply, "You would be amazed." Inside you want to pin... Continue Reading

  • Chef Jobs: Dreaming of Being America's Next Top Chef?

    Chef Jobs: Dreaming of Being America's Next Top Chef?

    Admit it. You sit there watching the amazing culinary experts on the Food Network and reality series like Top Chef, and you start having food fantasies that involve preparing sumptuous feasts for thousands of adoring diners. Maybe you've passed by a great location for a new restaurant, and you think, "I'm great... Continue Reading

  • Interior Design Jobs: What it's Like to Design Bachelor Pads

    Interior Design Jobs: What it's Like to Design Bachelor Pads

    Why is it, that even five years out of college, some guys still can't shake the frat-boy act? You know the type: Seemingly grown men who still consider a cardboard box to be an appropriate substitute for a coffee table, believe the only decoration a room needs is a flat-screen TV, and -- instead of throwing them... Continue Reading

  • Second Career: From Manufacturing Plant Worker to Entrepreneur

    Second Career: From Manufacturing Plant Worker to Entrepreneur

    After working for a major telecommunications company for 28 years, Toni Cory's position servicing chip-placement machines was outsourced to another country. Even though Cory could see it coming months before her position was eliminated, it didn't make the downsizing any easier to swallow. Cory had planned to... Continue Reading

  • Art Detective: Catching Thieves and Recovering Stolen Treasures

    Art Detective: Catching Thieves and Recovering Stolen Treasures

    Some people know him by his undercover name, Robert Clay, while others know him as former Special Agent Robert K. Wittman, founder of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Art Crime Unit. Regardless of the name you call him, Wittman is known around the globe by reputation, and for his investigative expertise in... Continue Reading

  • Car Racing Dream Comes True for Teenager Dion von Moltke

    Car Racing Dream Comes True for Teenager Dion von Moltke

    Admit it -- at some point in your life you've plonked yourself down in the driver's seat of a stationary car, cranked the wheel and made "vroom-vroom" noises, pretending like you're the fastest one on the track, racing past all the other cars at lightening speed. These days, even the most feminine girlie girl... Continue Reading

  • Dentist Fights Recession with Refreshments

    Dentist Fights Recession with Refreshments

    Dentists are usually the first health-care professionals to suffer during tough economic times. After all, a cavity isn't going to kill you, and many people consider regular six-month checkups a luxury they can do without. But Texas DDS Clint Herzog has yet to feel the bite of the recession; in fact, he's even... Continue Reading

  • So You Want a Career in the Arts? Q&A with Peter Mays

    So You Want a Career in the Arts? Q&A with Peter Mays

    Peter Mays is an interesting fellow; I met him at a party that was, in part, thrown to raise funds for the art organization he heads, The Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA). One might think that, as the executive director of the LAAA, Mays is surrounded in Monets, Manets, and Rodin scultures all day. However,... Continue Reading

  • For The Love Of Water: A Real-Life Mermaid

    For The Love Of Water: A Real-Life Mermaid

    "The process of becoming a mermaid was quite indirect," says Linden Wolbert, a Los Angeles- based real-life mermaid. An avid swimmer since the age of 3, Wolbert fondly remembers the first time her parents enrolled her in a swimming class. " My first memories of water circulate around dreaming I was on the crew... Continue Reading

  • Flipping Burgers Leads to Fulfilling Careers

    Flipping Burgers Leads to Fulfilling Careers

    As college graduates face the worst job market since the Great Depression, some will have to start their careers at the bottom of the ladder. Even with a college degree in hand, flipping hamburgers is a potential job, although not much of a career move. Or is it? For many people, a fast-food job is a memory... Continue Reading

  • 'Unbillable Hours' by Ian Graham Will Make Law Students Reconsider

    'Unbillable Hours' by Ian Graham Will Make Law Students Reconsider

    Early in Ian Graham's new book 'Unbillable Hours,' a John Grisham-like true story of his work as a corporate lawyer and how he helped get a murder conviction overturned, he quickly comes to the realization that working at a big Los Angeles law firm wasn't the best career move. The money is great -- $120,000 as a... Continue Reading

  • Slow Love: Can You Lose Your Job and Find Happiness?

    Slow Love: Can You Lose Your Job and Find Happiness?

    Does losing your job ever have a silver lining? It did for Dominique Browning, author of 'Slow Love: How I Lost My Job, Put on my Pajamas and Found Happiness.' Browning was editor-in-chief of Conde Nast's House & Garden magazine. When the magazine folded in late 2007, Browning was told she had four days to... Continue Reading

  • Exclusive Interview: Francis Ford Coppola

    Exclusive Interview: Francis Ford Coppola

    By Marcy MacDonald If he hadn't become a five-time Oscar winner, hotelier, winemaker, producer, director and resort owner, Francis Ford Coppola would probably be stirring things up in his mother's kitchen. Ford, 71, got his start studying theater on the East Coast before he moved to the West Coast -- and... Continue Reading

  • Exclusive Interview: Sir Richard Branson

    Exclusive Interview: Sir Richard Branson

    By Marcy MacDonald With a phone permanently attached to one ear, the Virgin king, Sir Richard Branson, conducts business waist-high in the swimming pool on one of his own personal Virgin Islands. Even though Virgin America reputedly lost $175 million last year, it's been voted the best new airlines in the... Continue Reading

  • Critical Care With Theresa Brown

    Critical Care With Theresa Brown

    In the new book, 'Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life and Everything in Between' (2010, HarperCollins Publishers), Theresa Brown examines life as a first-year nurse in medical oncology after leaving her life in academia to become a registered nurse (RN) in a field that she describes as "just feeling... Continue Reading

  • Famous Bikini Model Exposed

    Famous Bikini Model Exposed

    Don't hate her because she's beautiful -- admire her because she works her buns off, quite literally. World-famous bikini model Brooklyn Decker recently reached the pinnacle of her career: being selected to grace the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which then led to being selected as the summer... Continue Reading

  • Jenette Goldstein Starting Over After 40: The Success Story of Jenette Bras

    Jenette Goldstein Starting Over After 40: The Success Story of Jenette Bras

    Being a card-carrying lifetime member of 'The Itty-Bitty-[you know what]-Committee', I've never had this problem, but apparently it's not all fun and flaunt for the genetically gifted woman: Having large breasts can not only be uncomfortable if the proper brassiere isn't fitted, but they don't always look right... Continue Reading

  • What I Did with My Degree: Information Technology Degree

    What I Did with My Degree: Information Technology Degree

    I started in the technology industry when there were very few women, and I was there during the largest growth period in this industry. I have gone from entry level web designer at "dot bombs" to information system manager in the government. I have transitioned major systems from main frames to web-based... Continue Reading

  • Radio Host Delilah: The Ultimate Work at Home Mom

    Radio Host Delilah: The Ultimate Work at Home Mom

    From 7PM to midnight in more than 200 cities, the velvety voice of the most-listened-to woman in America flows through radio speakers in cars, homes, and third-shift workplaces. Some tuning in and calling in are truckers driving through the night. Others are forlorn, hopeful, or reunited lovers, all looking to... Continue Reading

  • How Tragedy Led Me to a Job I Love: Personal Stories of Rising from the Ashes

    How Tragedy Led Me to a Job I Love: Personal Stories of Rising from the Ashes

    At the moment tragedy strikes, it is impossible to foresee anything but pain in the future. Be it the sudden death of a loved one, the diagnosis of a life-threatening illness, the suddenness of a terrible accident, life's catastrophes can be overwhelming and debilitating. But for some, those heartbreaks... Continue Reading

  • Six Secrets of Career Changers

    Six Secrets of Career Changers

    Many of us dream about changing careers. But what separates the dreamers from the doers? Do successful career changers possess certain traits or do certain things? I recently met with two career changers to learn more about what worked for them during their transitions to new careers. Barry Kleiman left a... Continue Reading

  • Surviving and Thriving in Hollywood at Any Age

    Surviving and Thriving in Hollywood at Any Age

    A biopic about Liberace starring Michael Douglas in the title role and Matt Damon as his partner? Really? There's only one man in Hollywood -- maybe one man in the entire world -- who could actually get away with something like that, and that would be the mercurial Jerry Weintraub. In an exclusive interview with... Continue Reading

  • You Could Help the World's Toughest Fixes

    You Could Help the World's Toughest Fixes

    There's plenty of room at the top -- quite literally, according to Sean Riley, host of National Geographic's World's Toughest Fixes. Whether he's perched at the top of a 2,000-foot tower, swinging from the Tower Bridge in London or hanging from a wire on a Cirque du Soleil stage, Riley claims that rigging and... Continue Reading

  • The Science Behind Being A Baby Namer

    The Science Behind Being A Baby Namer

    Ever wondered who creates the yearly list of the most popular baby names? Or who helps celebrities come up with those wacky kids' names? Meet the baby name expert -- or baby namer -- whose job is to rank the year's most popular names; compile a list of baby names by gender and their meanings; and help guide... Continue Reading

  • Doritos Guys Make a Mark in the Business World

    Doritos Guys Make a Mark in the Business World

    With so many businesses going under in the economic downturn, it's rare to hear about a start-up business that is succeeding and growing. Especially when the guy who started it has no formal business education -- or even a college degree -- and is only 25 years old. Wes Phillips and his partner, Dale Backus, are... Continue Reading

  • Second Career: From TV to Real Estate

    Second Career: From TV to Real Estate

    In these tough economic times, you will find a lot of people doing things they never thought they would be doing. Charlie Pfaff is one of those people. For more than 35 years, Pfaff worked in one industry, local television. He worked his way up from a salesperson at a TV station in Tulsa, OK, to senior vice... Continue Reading

  • Asperger's Can Aid The Workplace

    Asperger's Can Aid The Workplace

    From author/speaker/animal scientist Dr. Temple Grandin to blogger/speaker/career expert Penelope Trunk, it's become clear that people with Asperger's Syndrome, or Aspies, as some like to be known, have a role to play in the workplace. It's often a critical one and they can execute it successfully, albeit... Continue Reading

  • Dirty Jobs' Mike Rowe: Works Hard and Smart

    Dirty Jobs' Mike Rowe: Works Hard and Smart

    We all have dreams as children. Some hope to become rich and famous. Others have aspirations of healing people, fighting fires, or teaching. You want to change the world or at least your little corner of it. At five years old, I wanted to be a garbage man or a cocktail waitress. (I did experience the latter.)... Continue Reading

  • Second Career: From Management Consultant to Travel Writer

    Second Career: From Management Consultant to Travel Writer

    The travel bug bit Craig Zabransky early in life, and bit deep. In fact, his interest in travel has influenced every career move he's ever made. He accepted his first job because it included two weeks of training in London. Later, he became a global management consultant because it allowed him to live and work... Continue Reading

  • The Lemonade Stand: A Savvy Auntie is Not Your Old Aunt Sadie

    The Lemonade Stand: A Savvy Auntie is Not Your Old Aunt Sadie

    Life is clique-y. We all belong to one affinity group or another. Maybe it's the office softball team, a spinning class you attend with 20 others, or perhaps a weekly play group with your kids. But did you ever feel like everyone around you is part of a particular group and you're just not in it? That's what... Continue Reading