Trading Higher Pay for Higher Job Satisfaction on the Road to Retirement

Downshifting your career can mean an uptick in job and life satisfaction. As Ron Mott explains in this NBC Nightly News “Road to Retirement” segment, many Americans – especially people 50+ – are opting to take the reins themselves. That was the case with Gay Spear of Charleston, South Carolina. The former postmaster and marine became a tour guide and she isn’t looking back. “To me it’s more fun than it is work.” Apparently more people are willing to trade …

For Career Changers, It Pays to Talk to Strangers

This is a guest post by Heather Taylor. This freelance writer, consultant and radio producer has served as a job coach in the AARP Foundation WorkSearch Program since January 2011, helping adults 50+ who are unemployed to find satisfying work. If you knew that picking up the phone and talking to a stranger, or e-mailing someone you didn’t know could help you get into a new career, would you do it? If your answer is yes, conducting informational interviews needs to become part of your job search …