Reinventing Yourself

Work-Life Transitions and Transformations 101

  • Karen Denard Goldman Kingsborough Community College (CUNY)


Everyone (not just people who have been fired or fear they are about to be) reinvents themselves personally and professionally at some time or other...deliberately or inadvertently, strategically or impetuously. In fact, the author argues that professional reinvention is not only a good defense, but a great offense, pointing out how reinvention can help you take charge of your life as well as accommodate new work world realities. To support and encourage professional reinvention, the author couches the value of being able to transform yourself professionally in the context that health education itself is a profession that is constantly reinventing itself. The article includes a definition of reinvention and discussions about who reinvents themselves and when and why, and stories of six health educators and how they reinvented themselves. The article ends with suggested reinvention pre-requisites to foster successful work life transitions and transformations, and a list of ten tips for successful professional reinvention(s).

How to Cite
Goldman, K. D. (2007). Reinventing Yourself: Work-Life Transitions and Transformations 101. Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 5(4), 8-20.