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Welcome from Emily Card

Hello Everyone,

I will be serving as your book club moderator for this discussion. Careers and career changes are a topic of great interest to me. My own career arc has been somewhat unusual. First, I had accomplished all that I had set out to do by age 30, gaining a Ph.D. and teaching in university. But back then women's opportunities weren't as open. University teaching was the "best" job I could see for myself. Second, I went back to school and became a lawyer. Later, I wrote several books while practicing law. Now, I am a professor of law and business at a major international graduate school.

My career has taught me the truth of the concept that we will change careers several times in our lifetimes and do jobs we have never even heard of today. Case in point: As an author, I became an internet content provider. For money! As a Ph.D. student, that work didn't exist.

I love having the chance to be on these boards as I always learn from everyone who contributes. And, I also do some career coaching so keeping up with people's interests helps me in my current work as well.

Please, if you feel worried or discouraged about your own position in life, use this time to turn it around. Despite my wonderful successes, I have also had failures. I have even done exercises at critical moments. Taking stock always gives us courage to go on.

I look forward to working with you.

Your moderator,

Emily Card
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