Career change

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

Posted on 05/12/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkDownshifting 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

Posted on 03/11/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkThis 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 …