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Encore Careers

As we reach our 60s, more and more women are starting encore careers. Not satisfied to “age gracefully,” we are going back to school, becoming nurses, painters and teachers. If you are thinking about starting a new career, we have some tools to help you get started.

Boomers Are Masters of Career Reinvention. Now it’s Time for an Encore
2 years ago

Boomers Are Masters of Career Reinvention. Now it’s Time for an Encore

Baby boomers have always been masters of reinvention. In every decade of our lives, we have challenged the status quo and lived life on our own terms. Some have accused us of being selfish for exactly this reason. But, deep down, our attempts to reinvent ourselves were rooted in our desire to get the most from life. Read More

Older Workers Having a Tough Time Getting Their Groove Back, AARP Survey Says
2 years ago

Older Workers Having a Tough Time Getting Their Groove Back, AARP Survey Says

The Great Recession, which officially lasted from December 2007 to June 2009, was hard on older workers. In the years following the financial crisis, people from all walks of life struggled to find work – and those lucky enough to have savings found them greatly depleted. The good news is that, on paper, the economy is on the mend. Read More

Most Boomers Are Rejecting Retirement… and that’s a Good Thing for Everyone!
2 years ago

Most Boomers Are Rejecting Retirement… and that’s a Good Thing for Everyone!

One of my biggest fears for the baby boomer generation is that we have taken the concept of retirement too seriously. Many of us still believe in the notion that retirement should be a time for living off your savings, relaxing and “aging gracefully.”

Now, a new study by The Pew Charitable Trusts, says that the majority of baby boomers may finally be rethinking retirement. Most people surveyed said that they didn’t plan on retiring, in a traditional sense. Instead, they said that they wanted to continue working, either in their existing job or in a new career.  Read More

6 Useful Networking Groups for Women Over 60
3 years ago

6 Useful Networking Groups for Women Over 60

In many ways, networking was simpler before computers and the internet. We met like-minded people face to face and job hunting involved a personal exchange with a recruiter. Remember paper resumes? We joined interest groups and shared insights in person. Read More

Where’s the Financial Support for Older Entrepreneurs? Could Microfinance Help?
3 years ago

Where’s the Financial Support for Older Entrepreneurs? Could Microfinance Help?

In a recent US Senate hearing, Elizabeth Isele, co-founder of Senior Entrepreneurship Works and Conchy Bretos, the CEO of MIA Senior Living Solutions  outlined the opportunities and challenges facing older entrepreneurs. Presenting to a panel of senators and government officials, they explained that small businesses provide huge value to the economy. They also revealed that, in fact, individuals between 55 and 64 make up the largest percentage of new small business owners. Read More

The Challenges of a Multi-Generational Workforce
3 years ago

The Challenges of a Multi-Generational Workforce

For the first time in history, four generations are present side by side in the workplace. A great grandmother in her 70s can be working alongside the grandchild of a neighbour. Multi-generational workforce dynamics are becoming more complicated with longevity increasing and retirement being delayed – there are many aspects of working with people from other generations that are fun and refreshing, but there are also some potential challenges and pitfalls to keep in mind. Read More

Considering an Encore Career? Here are the Highest Paying Jobs for Women
4 years ago

Considering an Encore Career? Here are the Highest Paying Jobs for Women

As we reach our 60s, many women are finding that the careers that supported us for decades are coming to an end. This represents a challenge and an opportunity. On the one hand, letting go of what we have always done is scary. In addition, many of us worry about how we will support ourselves financially in the years ahead. On the other hand, leaving one job behind is an opportunity to start something new – an encore career that will give us meaning and, hopefully, a little extra money. Read More

Baby Boomer Trends for 2014
4 years ago

Baby Boomer Trends for 2014

As December closes, we are starting to see the countdown to the “Best of 2013” and “Big Trends for 2014.” I take most of these articles with a grain of salt and normally find that a lot of my own ideas go in a different direction than the “experts”. I do, however, look for observations and predictions from sites I trust and respect.

Today, I came across Business Insider’s take on “Trends That Will Define 2014” and found that they include some interesting and relevant points for women over 60. Here are some of the trends they say will define the upcoming year. Read More

Career Advice and Jobs for Women Over 50 – Kerry Hannon (Video)
4 years ago

Career Advice and Jobs for Women Over 50 – Kerry Hannon (Video)

Kerry Hannon is an expert on personal finance and careers for boomer women and is my special guest in this episode of the Sixty and Me Show. Kerry is a writer for Forbes magazine and Next Avenue and is AARP’s Jobs Expert. Kerry is also the author of the best-selling book Great Jobs for Everyone 50+. Read More

Want to Tell Your Story Effectively? A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
4 years ago

Want to Tell Your Story Effectively? A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

A few years ago, while I was working for a large corporation, I was asked to prepare a presentation on the concept of “trust” in selling. At best, I knew that I would only have a few seconds to capture the audience’s attention. So, I decided to take a highly visual approach to get my message across. I wanted a presentation filled with powerful images that would allow the audience to feel my message before they thought about it. Read More