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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.

3 Reasons to Consider Working After Retirement that Have Nothing to Do with Money
2 years ago

3 Reasons to Consider Working After Retirement that Have Nothing to Do with Money

Many women over 60 are working after retirement. There is often a financial reason for continuing to work after the traditional retirement age, whether it’s to pay medical bills, to make retirement savings last longer, or to adjust to life after a divorce. Working after retirement “just because we need the money” often creates a sense of regret that something is being missed. Read More

How to Start a Business After 50 (Part 6): Finding Customers
2 years ago

How to Start a Business After 50 (Part 6): Finding Customers

Whether you’re starting a services business or building a physical product, finding customers is critical to your success. Right about now, you’re probably thinking that this is the most obvious statement in the world. Before you stop reading, consider the fact that most entrepreneurs put very little thought into this part of the process. Instead, they charge ahead with building their perfect product, assuming that their customers will come to them. This rarely happens. Read More

All Fired Up! Why Generational Differences in the Workplace Aren’t What They Seem
2 years ago

All Fired Up! Why Generational Differences in the Workplace Aren’t What They Seem

You never stop worrying about losing your job, unless you’re retired. Then you’re always worried about losing your mind.

Different work ethics exist today. We boomers went on vacation and could only be reached via a hotel landline or one of those Motorola brick phones, like I had in the 80s. Even then, it was too costly to have my staff call. I just told them to make a decision based on three things: Will I get fired, will Barry get fired and will we get sued. I told them if the answer was no to these questions, proceed. Read More

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
4 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