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2.0 out of 5 stars Not much help for a gal like me, December 12, 2012
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This review is from: Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Healthy ... And Pays the Bills (Paperback)
I took AARP's glowing recommendation seriously and bought this book. It seems aimed at folks with executive experience, more technical skills, or a great career already, For someone who has held a steady, middle management government job, but would like to do something more creative as a second act, this book didn't offer much in the way of suggestions, guidance, hope, or inspiration.
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Initial post: Dec 28, 2012 5:37:10 AM PST
Dancing Bear says:
I have a B.S. in Sociology and have held jobs ranging from social worker to free-lance writer and carpenter but without highly trained technical skills. Although I have experience in the construction field, I'm 62 y.o. and not as healthy, quick and strong as that field demands. Perhaps I'll shop around before purchasing this book since reading your review.

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 4:45:28 AM PST
I'm sorry. I do not agree. I too, held a steady, middle management (federal) job for 18 years before I had to resign with my father's passing. I was simply not emotionaly able to work for close to a year after his death and my senior rater would not permit me Leave Without Pay (LWOP) so I chose to resign. This has been nearly six years ago now and try as I might I have been unable to get reinstated. I DO have enough tenure to able to draw retirement benefits in a few years but I still WANT to work. This book gave me a lot of food for thought and how, if I unable to be reinstated as a federal government employee, I can "reinvent" myself in other ways. THERE IS life after the government. You just have to keep your heart and mind open and it sounds like you were having difficulty doing that. The book CAN help you if you open yourself up to it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2013 4:49:14 AM PST
As a social worker myelf, Dancing Bear, I disagree with J Johnson. Please DO read my review on this book and you will see why. The book is NOT aimed simply at those with executive experience, technical skills or a career already. It even has chapters on how you can obtain meaningful employment by first volunteering in an area in which you would like to work. I found the book very optimistic and useful. I think it would be worth your while to read as well...

Posted on Jan 19, 2014 4:12:57 AM PST
Thanks J. Johnson, for an honest review. What you describe is what I have found with most of the resources for 50+ workers. Another commenter disagrees with you but mentions she will be qualifying for a pension. I'm interested in resources for those of us without the funds (either from a high paying career or an ensured pension) for a minimally comfortable life ahead.
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