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Publisher's Summary

Strong, Wiser, Better

An essential guide for reentering, reinventing, or rebooting your career at any age

So many women hit their 40s or 50s and realize: It's time for a career change. Maybe you're yearning to try something new, or you're sensing that layoffs are coming and you need a backup plan. Perhaps you paused or downsized your career to raise children, and you're ready to rejoin the workforce. How do you reboot, relaunch, return to, or reinvent a career at age 40? Or 50? Or 60? And how can you create a career and life that will provide you with purpose and financial security for years to come? 

In Comeback Careers, New York Times best-selling author and cohost of MSNBC's Morning Joe Mika Brzezinski and her sister-in-law Ginny Brzezinski have teamed up to show you that career reinvention is possible at any age. You have the skills, experience, and maturity; it's time to own them. For this book, Mika and Ginny interviewed dozens of career-changers working in a variety of fields, from finance to academics to the arts. They share successful relaunchers' secrets to overcoming obstacles, both internal and external, and their step-by-step processes and candid advice. They also reveal key strategies from top job coaches, résumé-writers, and LinkedIn experts, tailored to the special challenges of mid-career jobseekers. It's time to rewrite the narrative. 

You are stronger, wiser, and better at the midpoint, and Comeback Careers is a road map to your career reinvention and fulfillment.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Mika Brzezinski and Ginny Brzezinski (P)2020 Hachette Books

Critic Reviews

"An immensely useful blueprint for any woman thinking about a professional reinvention." (Indra Nooyi, former CEO of PepsiCo)

"Whether you are running for elected office, asking for a promotion, or returning to work after time off raising your children, you need to know your power, know your value, and know your 'why.' Have confidence in what you have to say, in what you bring to the table, and have a vision for what you are going to do. This book is the guide to help craft your plan. Read it and know your power, at any age." (Speaker Nancy Pelosi)

"Women leave the workforce for many reasons, but they face a common challenge when they try to re-enter. This is a critical, empowering, and practical book for any woman who wants to jump back in the workplace. As Mika shows, you can be the author of the next chapter of your life." (Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global)

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The book speaks to a select group of women, mainly upper middle class managerial types coming back into the workforce. I'm a 50 year old woman who went back to school at 43 to get my degree. I was a restaurant professional before going back to school and I don't gage children. Small window into a huge subject. It's a shame the scope of the book isn't more inclusive.

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I knew going to law school at age 50 was my path!

After being fired for temporarily needing to breastfeed during work hours, followed by a serious illness that took me years to recover from, I was really lost and living in a whole new community with no contacts. I had done a lot of volunteer advocacy work with non profits and in the legislature before I became ill-temporarily paralyzed from the chest down actually. At age 48, I went back to school for a second master's. Then at age 49, I got into law school with an almost 90k scholarship. I wasn't sure if I should go, but this book reinforced what I already knew. Yes, I'm going for it!! And while homeschooling an 8 year old, with my husband out of work during, a pandemic. the book lowered my anxiety and made me feel like I can be successful at any age.

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Reboot your Career

Great guide for women like me who have been on a career break and are wondering or working on how to get back into the workforce. This book is a roadmap/how-to as well as a huge confidence builder no matter what your age or how many years you have been on a career break.

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Mika and Ginny Brzezinski have put together a powerhouse resource for the person who is engaged in the process of a career change, reinvention and the structured steps to accomplish the imagined and position themselves for real success.

Their advice is cogent, practical and relevant. It helped me establish my Linked In presence and to know my worth. I highly recommend Comeback Careers by Mika and Ginny Brzezinski.

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There is hope for women over 40!

Very informative and inspiring. I know that this book will help me on my journey.

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Great Book

This was so good. I went to buy the book at Barnes & Nobles and they were sold out but I was able to get the audible and it was great. Very good information and how to use the information given.

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Really helpful! I am really surprised.

I signed up for a free trial of Audible and generally prefer non-fiction, actually prefer technical manuals for good reads. Since that wouldn't do for the work commute, I chose this title. I am, after all, a mature woman in a job that doesn't thrill me. So, what could it hurt?

I really thought for a while it was just a heavy pitch for LinkedIn, but I listened intently to all of the advice: researching your desired roles, knowing your value (of course), communicating your value, turning any employment gaps into a positive, so much more. Every day for a week and a half as I drove to and from my sad job, absorbing the material.

I also really thought this was geared to high-level professionals with wide networks. Something I don't have. I don't have a sister-in-law who is a successful broadcast professional. I don't have teenagers attending university with children of high-ranking diplomats I can reach out to. There were a lot of suggestions that just don't apply to me, a 53-yo empty-nester in a job I took because I didn't think I could do better.

Still, I took it all in and updated my resume, my LinkedIn, and Indeed settings. Maybe it's just the market or my (actually impressive) resume, someone reached out to me because I matched their open position. I used the advice that was still fresh in my mind and, apparently did well enough in the interviews. I start in 2 weeks. No lie. I got the salary I asked for and the benefits are outstanding. And I must give all credit to this audible book right here. The title I bought before this was an incredibly interesting Carl Sagan book "The Demon Haunted World - Science as a Candle in the Dark." I loved it! But it didn't get me hired. This book helped me get hired and will help me when/if I ever need to look elsewhere. Thanks to Mika and Ginny!!

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Best Self Hep Book I’ve Read

I recommend this book to anyone relaunching their career. It has lots of practical tools and communicates a frank perspective on what to expect and how position yourself. I wish I had read it sooner.

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My Passion after retiring

This book has motivated me to look into a side hustle before I retire form my job of 35 yrs. Thank you Mika and Ginny Brzezinski. I listen to Morning Joe everyday and love the insight I hear from the show. I will start working on that aside hustle!

Thanks Ladies!

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