Introducing… a New Column for Mid-Career Job Seekers!


Idealist Careers is excited to reintroduce Cynthia Jaggi, Founder of GatherWell, as a contributing writer! If you’ve been following Idealist Careers for a while, you may remember Cynthia’s insights on saying “no” without hurting your career, signs that you’ve outgrown your job, and the growth of impact investing.

Kicking off next week, Cynthia’s articles will focus on the “big questions” that come up when you’re thinking about transitioning to the nonprofit sector or social impact space… but that you may never have been comfortable asking out loud! These vignettes will tell the stories of job seekers like you and give you a glimpse into their worries and concerns, while revealing at-the-moment advice and insights you can use today.

If you’re a mid-career professional who’s been wanting to make a greater impact in your work, you can probably relate to questions like:

  • My family thinks I’m crazy to be thinking about leaving a stable job in a successful company for something new and unknown. What can I say to them?
  • I don’t want to leave my job, but I want to find more meaning in what I do. How can I integrate social impact into the work I already do?
  • I’ve just been made redundant at my job and want to get into work related to sustainability, where do I start?
  • I’m concerned that if I switch to the social sector I won’t be able to go back to the corporate world later even if I want to. What can I do to combat this fear?

Sound like you? Be sure to stay tuned for Cynthia’s articles, and invite your friends to read along, too! When you try out the advice or read something that resonates with you, we invite you to share in the comments section of the article.

Want to pose a question about your own mid-career challenges? We invite you to write in with your question at

We can’t wait to share this new feature with you!

About Cynthia:

Cynthia JaggiCynthia Jaggi is an entrepreneur and leadership expert for people who are looking to create massive impact. Through her writing and courses, she’s here to shake up your approach to creating your most meaningful life and work – while making it all feel like fun.

She was named a lean-startup ambassador for her work bringing a lean approach to social impact and her insights have been featured on Business Insider, Women 2.0 and Idealist Careers.

Her passion is to shift the economy to a regenerative model that puts people and the planet in the center. To achieve this goal she works to build + grow social impact businesses and to empower professionals to create their most meaningful life and work.

She is the Founder of GatherWell, the Think + Do tank for Practical Idealists and a Partner at Living Economy Advisors, increasing the flow of capital to the living economy.

A bit of her fun? dancing, gardening and the occasional dip under a desert waterfall.


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I became acquainted with Idealist in late 2000 while working in the career development office at a private liberal arts college in NYC. I used it almost daily to help students and alumni find meaningful careers. After a 12-year stint in higher education, I worked as a career coach for professionals in various industries (and still used Idealist). During one of those many searches, a listing really caught my eye- the one for the newly-created position, Careers Program Coordinator. So... I jumped at the opportunity. Since then, I took on the role of Manager of Career Content for Idealist Careers, creating career content for job seekers, leaders, and other nonprofit professionals. Understanding the roles that a positive outlook and holistic self-care play in career success, I've shared with our readers time-honored methods for improving confidence and productivity. Now, as Manager of College and Professional Development, my focus is on lifting the advice from Idealist Careers "off the page". Drawing from my experience in career development, I propel job seekers and career changers towards taking control of their searches with confidence and removing fear, uncertainty, and other blocks to success via in-person workshops and seminars, webinars, and conference programming. My great loves are cooking (preferably without a recipe, otherwise I doctor it up), dancing, live cultural performances, identifying the tasting notes in a good cup of coffee, exploring neighborhoods for hidden gems, and anything else that sparks the senses and allows me to experience all the beauty, dynamism, and intrigue that vivaciously living in a remarkable world offers.

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