starFamous Career Transitions

Trying to find one perfect job?  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans born between the years of 1957-1964 held, on average, around 10.5 jobs before they were 40.  By keeping your career goals flexible you can find opportunities that match your interests as your life changes.  Check out the names of some individuals that switched careers and became famous!

Theodor Geisel worked in advertising for fifteen years before becoming a well-known author of children’s books, writing under the pseudonym Dr. Seuss.

Singer/songwriter Elvis Costello was a computer programmer before he set his sights on a career in music.

Toni Morrison wears many professional hats.  She is a professor, editor and critic; however, it is her work as an author that has brought her the most fame. 

Even though he was a well-known actor first, Ronald Reagan is best known around the world for his work as a politician.  First he was governor of California, and then the 40th president of the United States.

Rod Stewart was a grave digger before becoming a singer.

Avery Brooks is a professor of Theatre Arts at Rutgers University, in addition to being the first African American actor to portray a captain in the science fiction franchise, Star Trek.

Oprah Winfrey was a television news journalist before she became the host of her own talk show. She's also an Oscar winning actress!


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