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Making that big career change at midlife

Posted by BJ Roche June 13, 2012 04:05 PM

Friends and readers of much-loved Springfield Republican columnist Tommy Shea were shocked recently to read that he was leaving western Mass. this summer for a job on the foreign desk at The National, a daily English-language paper based in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates.

"It's an adventure," says Shea, who will be 57 next month. "It's a startup newspaper in a time when so many newspapers are dying ... it just seems like a fun, challenging time. I don't see any downside to it."

If there's a motto for your 50s, it should probably be, "If not now, when?"

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BJ Roche is a writer and teacher who lives in Western Massachusetts. She’s a senior lecturer in the Journalism Program at UMass Amherst, where she teaches writing, new media and More »

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