How to Kick-Start Your Career

Are you bored by your job or stuck in the wrong field? A coach or counselor may be able to help.

Deidra Jackson was doing fine as a quality control manager for Avon Products. But fine wasn't good enough. She saw little room for upward mobility, and she was interested in expanding her responsibilities as an industrial engineer. "I wanted to take more control of my career and see what my brand was," she says.

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Lisa Gerstner
Editor, Kiplinger Personal Finance magazine

Lisa has been the editor of Kiplinger Personal Finance since June 2023. Previously, she spent more than a decade reporting and writing for the magazine on a variety of topics, including credit, banking and retirement. She has shared her expertise as a guest on the Today Show, CNN, Fox, NPR, Cheddar and many other media outlets around the nation. Lisa graduated from Ball State University and received the school’s “Graduate of the Last Decade” award in 2014. A military spouse, she has moved around the U.S. and currently lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and two sons.