The Secret of Successful Career Reinventions

This is a guest post from Nancy Collamer, M.S., a career coach, speaker and author. What is the single most important factor for career reinvention success? If you guessed talent, a large professional network or an exceptional resume, you’d only be partially right. All of those are clearly important. But nearly two decades experience as a career coach has taught me that the single most important element behind reinvention success is a positive attitude. Before you dismiss that as a cliché, …

University of Florida’s Miss Betty Talks 60 Years on the Job

This is a guest post by AARP Florida State Director, Jeff Johnson – a lifelong Floridian, and officially neutral on Florida college rivalries.  Just don’t talk to him about Duke or UNC (he’s proud to be a Wake Forest Demon deacon).  Follow him on Twitter at @AARPJeff. Elizabeth Jones started working at the University of Florida in 1952.  The university posted this video of “Miss Betty’s” reflections on her remarkable 60-year (and counting) tenure at the university.  It’s inspiring to see …

Levon Helm: One More Brother Gone

The following is a guest post from Steve Mencher, AARP Multimedia Editor. On the death of Levon Helm today: They say if you remember the sixties, you weren’t there.  And I’m not sure if the seventies are any different, but a bunch of us made it to the Oakland Coliseum on February 11, 1974, watching Bob Dylan and the Band in one of the most eagerly awaited tours of the decade. Dylan hadn’t been touring much, and The Band had …

Guest Post: Why the World Needs Women Entrepreneurs

This past month’s protests from Wall Street to Portland, Oregon, to London symbolize a growing need to define the next economy-one that recognizes that meaningful jobs and wages that afford quality of life while also assuring  healthy and thriving communities is critical. A new way of doing business that creates products and services that promote interconnectedness and collaboration above competition are critical to this new economy. Collaboration is a natural strength of women, and a world with more women leaders …

Find Yourself Complaining About Work?

Guilty. And I do count my lucky stars that I’m gainfully employed. But some days – mornings, especially – are downright depressing. I know I shouldn’t complain. I’m not an oncologist. Not a hospice nurse. Not a social worker or a homicide detective or a teacher in a rough school. I don’t get minimum wage to be on my feet all day (or night) doing physically demanding work, or something I find mind-numbingly repetitive. I don’t juggle two part-time jobs with no …