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by SixFigureStart | January 28, 2009

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We're back at our desks, tired but happy, after having had a great time at the Back to Work event with the New York Public Library. More than a thousand people wandered through our workshops, and many of you were able to squeeze into our pre-scheduled individual coaching sessions. Many of you stopped to tell me that you learned a lot and hope we'll have more of these events.

I know I learned many things too. I learned that the displaced worker population is diverse and multi-talented. Many of you are in mid to late career, and are interested in major career changes. I learned that it wasn't just bankers or lawyers or corporate America seeking guidance, but also writers, masseurs, jewelry-makers, and trainers. I learned that the retired are feeling the need to return to the work force, and that people fresh out of college are feeling disillusioned and lost. And mostly, I learned that people need help.

Of course, we all know these things on an impersonal level; reading the daily news, how can you not? But it's an entirely different experience talking to everyone first hand and sharing stories. So thanks to everybody who came out to our event and contributed to its success! Please let us know how you're doing and send us updates to Pink Slipped--let's keep the conversation going! If you want to share, I'll post any stories in this space.

To see photos of the event, click here. We're also working on getting some video up soon. Stay tuned!

--Posted by Linda Petock, Vault News & Commentary

P.S. Check out NY1's video coverage and accompanying report of the event.

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