– SecondAct contributor Kerry Hannon is a Contributing Editor for U.S. News & World Report and the author of “Whats Next? Follow Your Passion and Find Your Dream Job”. This article originally appeared here. –
Jane Pauley, the former star of The Today Show and Dateline is back. Last year, the 60-year-old newscaster returned home to NBC’s Today, launching a monthly segment called Your Life Calling with Jane Pauley.
The series profiles people over 50 who reinvent themselves, their lives and their careers. “We’re going to live longer than our parents’ generation, and there comes a point when you ask yourself, ‘What am I going do?’” Pauley says. “You can only play so much golf.”
In her mid-50s, Pauley asked herself that same question. She wasn’t hitting the links, but she was missing in action for a few years after NBC cancelled her daytime talk show, The Jane Pauley Show, in March of 2005 after one season. “It felt like failure,” she says. For the first time in her life, she was unemployed. “I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do next.”
But like many of those she profiles, Pauley has found a way to redeploy her skills to tell the stories of her peers, who are discovering their next chapter. “After the daytime show, I presumed TV was behind me and wasn’t looking for a television job when I had The Today Show/YLC epiphany in a hotel room two years ago,” she says.