How Changing Careers Might Make You Happy

A Field Guide to Job-Hoppers

The New Corporate Dropouts: How to spot a remade man from a mile away.

1) The Start-Up Schemer

Previous occupation
Poet
Epiphany
Having his last book, Ineffable Aluminum Joy Demon, rejected by the University of Saskatchewan Press
Current whereabouts
Sand Hill Road, raising venture capital for a chain of organic whole-grain-pancake houses
Style sense
Bluetooth headgear, black slacks, leather briefcase. Dog-eared copy of the boardroom bible Good to Great conveys familiarity with phrases like “skill set” and “B2B.”
Hardest part of new gig
Trying to hide flop sweat in pitch meetings
Potentially life-ruining temptation to steer clear of
Putting “poet” on résumé
Photo: Vincent Dilio
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