Here I am at the Gala Dinner of the 2009 Conference Dinner on Sunday Night (yes, we felt the earthquake, the lightfittings swung for about 5 minutes afterwards, and the hotel lifts were shut for 3 hours after the quake). I’m with my gorgeous friend and colleague Jan Fisher who is an image consultant in Hamilton, New Zealand (about an hour out of Auckland).
I was 35 when I retrained to become an image consultant, she was 53. Jan had a background in rubbish recycling, which is a long way removed from image, but she’d always had a passion for clothing and helping others.
In fact, I believe, that a past and some life experience is excellent for becoming a consultant, I don’t know many 50 year olds who want to take advice from a 20 year old. It’s interesting how many successful consultants started later in their life.
Have you had a radical change of career direction? Has it helped or hindered your career?