There's a poster outside my office of a hard-hatted construction foreman or architect on a job site. A thought bubble hovering over him reads, "I never thought I'd be working just to have health insurance." That came to mind when I read that retired NBA star Adrian Dantley, 58, is working as a school crossing guard near my home outside Washington, D.C.
Over half of all recent job openings were filled by people who didn't previously work in that industry or occupation, according to a new analysis. With unemployment high and many older adults looking for "encore careers," this news is an encouraging sign that switching careers is possible these days.
Gac Filipaj, 52, has worked as a janitor at Columbia University for X years. During this time, Filipaj"”a refugee from war-torn Yugoslavia"”took advantage of the free classes offered to employees to first learn English and then earn a bachelor's degree in classics.
This is a guest post by Nancy Collamer, M.S., a career coach, speaker and author of the upcoming book Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit from Your Passions During Retirement (Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, CA, Jan 2013). Nancy is an expert on how to create income without a 9-5 job, and her advice has been featured in numerous national media outlets.
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.
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