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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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