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Really liked this book. It was so helpful!
on December 12, 2012
When you are over 55 and have been unemployed for a long while, partly because of age discriminatory hiring practices (which are very difficult to prove), you find yourself with a lot of time not only to look for employment but to read, watch television and exercise. Apparently there is a real bias out there in TV land where an impression is given that ONLY 20-somethings have difficulty finding employment. Well, that is NOT the ONLY group that faces real challenges in this economy. Many of us in our 50's were told as young people that if we only received a good education, spent our time in the trenches acquiring work experience, and tried to work as hard as well as we could, we would be assured steady employment well into our 60s. Tragically we are finding that this is NOT the case. Our bubble has truly burst. This unique book is for this group of similarly aged people.
As stated in the Introduction of this book "Not everyone wants to work simply for the pure love of it. Some of us NEED to keep working for the income. Others who have saved enough to retire and choose to work, just WANT to stay mentally engaged....Work gives us a sense of purpose, feeling connected and needed. It makes us feel relevant...Moreover it keeps our minds sharp. Researchers from the RAND Center for the Study of Aging and the University of Michigan published a study that cognitive performance levels decline faster in countries that have younger retirement ages."
This book, as the author explains, is "the ultimate guide to great jobs, where to find them, pay ranges and qualifications needed....Each chapter provides short profiles of 50+ workers who have found a new stage of work life, sometimes in a new field, but many times by tweaking out what they have already been doing, pulling from their skills honed in a previous work life. In doing so, they transition into meaningful work as a consultant, a temporary worker or even an entrepeneur, finally breaking free to start a business." It is truly a guide to reinventing yourself in the 50s.
My personal favorite chapters in Part I of this book were Chapter 3 Great Holiday Jobs (i.e. seasonal retail); Chapter 5 Great Work-at-Home Jobs (i.e. writer/editor, on-line tutor), Chapter 6 Great Jobs for Retired Teachers (i.e. adjunct professor, lecturer, marketing and survey researchers); Chapter 7 Great Non-profit Jobs (i.e. administrative assistant, volunteer manager) and Chapter 10 Great Jobs to Ride the Age Wave (i.le. nurses and social workers),
In Part II particularly helpful were Chapter 12 Strategies for 50+ Job Hunters; Chapter 15 Great Job Interview Tips; Chapter 16 Why Part-Time or Contract Work is Worth It; Chapter 18 Volunteer Your Way to Work; Chapter 24 Ways to Conquer Your Fear of Career Change and Chapter 26 Couples and Career Harmony.
As a more "mature-minded" unemployed professional, who has often been discouraged in her most recent job hunt, I particularly liked the Afterword where the author reassures us that "Finding a great job is within your power...great jobs come in different forms." She tells us that there are three major actions that will contribute to our success:
"1. Pause and take the time to explore what you're good at;
2. Do your homework; and
These are such helpful suggestions which the author goes into great detail in within this book. She even finishes the book with a section on Helpful Web Sites for 50+ Workers and Ideas for Further Reading. As you can see this book is rather comprehensive. It is obvious a lot of care, research and attention has been put into it. I would HIGHLY recommend it.