If you're between the ages of forty-five and sixty-four and you've got a well-padded resume, it only seems logical that a new employer will see you as the answer to his or her employee prayers. After all, your acquired wisdom, work experience, skills, and abilities are valuable; you're also probably highly motivated. Known by the term "middle age unemployment bulge," your reason(s) for changing careers may include: You've been laid off because of corporate or company downsizing. You've gone as far as you can, or want to, in your current work. You're dealing with health issues or physical limitations. You've decided it's time to follow a personal or employment dream. You want to create a work schedule that allows for a "life for yourself" You're planning or nearing retirement and your finances need some help. Whatever the reason, encouragement in the process of moving forward can be found in Linda's story. About the Author: Linda Wegner was fifty-seven years of age when, within weeks, she went from long-term pastor's wife to family wage earner. With no formal training but with trusted mentors, solid faith in God and a determination to succeed, she launched Words of Worth (WOW). Since that day in 2000, she has built a successful business. In her book, Changing Careers in Midlife, she shares the Discover, Develop, and Determine lessons she has learned by experience and with the help of others.