A Self Guided Tour
For Designing
Your Next Career


FOR YEARS Patricia Drain INTERVIEWED hundreds of people at the staffing firm she owned to help them find a particular job. Almost daily she would hear people ask,


“Now what should I be when I grow up?”


They thought this was a unique, clever question. But in reality, hundreds of people have asked that question over the years. As time went on, Patricia noticed the people asking the question kept getting older and the question was asked more frequently.

That is why Patricia chose to call this book—


What Should I Be When I Grow Up
Now That I’m 40, 50, 60?


But why 40, 50, 60?

  • Because there are 77 million baby boomers in the United States between the ages of 42 and 60, according to AARP Magazine’s October 2005 issue.

  • Because 4 million (or so) baby boomers will be turning 50 every year.

  • Because every second, another person is turning 50.

  • Because today’s baby boomers face career challenges that generations before them never had to face.

For the first time in history, the majority of careers don’t end with a gold watch, a nice retirement, and a “living happily ever after” story that includes spending six months a year in their sunbelt winter home.

What is different today?

  • Baby boomers are struggling with two, three, even five or six careers.

  • What used to be considered old age is not.

  • What used to be called retirement is not.

  • What used to be a common phrase “it’s time to retire” has turned into “I still have so much to offer. I am wiser now.”

The questionnaires in this book will help you understand what you want to do when you grow up. What you are passionate about, what excites you, energizes you, connects you.


You’ll find the questions introspective and telling. They are questions that only YOU can answer.

It took me more than 20 years to write this book. Why so long? Because I didn’t want to end the book with anyone not knowing what to do with his or her career after reading it through.

I finally realized that I am not the person (nor is there any other person) who can tell you (or anyone else) that you should be a truck driver, a secretary, a teacher, and so on. Your answer can only come from the hard work of getting to know yourself, your personal skills, and your lifelong patterns.



Your uniqueness will shine through as you identify your ingredients and answer purposeful questions. You will get to know and understand yourself, your needs, your skills, your patterns, and maybe even your purpose.

Remember, “When the student is ready the teacher appears.” I encourage you to make this book your teacher today.


“The first step to getting what you want out of life is this:

Decide what you want.”
— Ben Stein

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