Howard Hayman of Wellesley never would have imagined that his second career would also be devoted to education - the education of dogs and their owners, that is.
A former vice president with Verizon
, Hayden had been with the telecom company and its previous incarnations his
entire career, and had long planned to retire at age 55.
just wasn't sure what he
would do next.
One thing he
did do was get a dog, a golden retriever, who joined the household after the death of another golden a few years before.
, who had dogs throughout his
life, worked with a trainer and was intrigued by the process.
So he went with his new pet to the National K-9 Learning Center in Columbus, Ohio for a training program to become certified as a dog trainer and behaviorist.
The job dovetails with the zeal for customer service he
displayed in his
previous career, says Hayman
, 58, who'll run to clients' homes if they have any problem with their dogs.
training the pets, he's
really training their owners, he
"Having had so many people work for me and understanding their different personalities in different situations really plays to the business that I'm doing now," says Hayman
Like Wilson, Hayman
enjoyed the executive perks of his
own itinerary to travel to a recent dog-training conference in Texas, he
realized the luxury of once having a secretary who planned his
He acknowledges that he sometimes still clings to the status of his former job, telling people that he's a retired officer from Verizon before revealing his current pursuit.
Indeed, if someone would have told Hayman
five years ago that he
would become a dog trainer, he
would have laughed at them, he
But now, after about a year in his
own business, he
new life in service to his
customers - and the people who own them.
"What is very clear is that you need a reason for being," Hayman
"It doesn't have to be a high-powered job."
Driver notes that many retirement jobs may not have the status and power that people were accustomed to in their former careers.
counsels mature job seekers to expect, for example, that younger people may supervise them in a new job.
also urges them not to overlook an opportunity just because it's different from their past experience.
One of his
site's corporate partners, Borders books may offer a good fit for those interested in literature, he
says, even if they wouldn't normally gravitate toward a retail job.