The how-to guide to finding profitable, fulfilling work after 50
Aimed at workers aged 50+ looking for a new job—whether they have been laid off or taken early retirement, need supplemental income, or want to pursue an encore career—Great Jobs for Everyone 50+ is the definitive guide to finding lasting financial security and personal and professional fulfillment. Opportunities abound—the trick is knowing where to look and what to expect. Whether readers are interested in trying jobs they've long dreamed of doing, or just want something with flexible hours that brings in a little extra income, this book covers all the options.
As Americans live longer and healthier lives, the desire to work longer—for the income, the mental engagement, or the chance to give back—has grown. But there is little guidance for the 50+ crowd looking for work and few role models who've blazed a path. In Great Jobs for Everyone 50+, author and personal finance, retirement, and career transitions expert Kerry Hannon shows the way, with compelling stories from people who've been there. Presenting the nitty-gritty details of available job opportunities, wages to expect, typical hours, and the qualifications and savvy needed to get hired, the book is loaded with practical advice on how to prepare both professionally and financially to start out on a new adventure.
Shows where the best opportunities for new employment lie
Helps readers find profitable and rewarding jobs to save for retirement
Understands that different workers want different things from their jobs and shows how to cast a wide net to find an opportunity that fits
Provides incredible insights into working after 50 from Kerry Hannon, a nationally renowned expert in personal finance, retirement, and career transitions
Motivational, inspirational, and thoroughly practical, Great Jobs for Everyone 50+ explains how to find part-time, temporary, work-at-home, or seasonal employment in profitable, rewarding jobs.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book recommends an oddly chosen hodgepodge of jobs that are not especially well suited to mid-life career changers. You might as well open any book on careers and put your finger down at random. The suggestions ranged from lower-level jobs that you don't need a book to tell you about (office cleaner, home health care aide, retail -- and I'm not sure I'd call these great for those who are older and less able to stand for long periods or do heavy lifting) to those with a high barrier of entry, such as a Ph.D. (seriously?). The ones that fall under the actual category of "great jobs" are pretty much those that require master's degrees and Ph.D.s. How many people over 50, in this economy, have the motivation and money to go back to graduate school to retrain for a completely different career field that they then may not be able to break into thanks to their age? Also, the difficulty of breaking into some of these careers is underestimated or misleading, such as suggesting that "no...
When you are over 55 and have been unemployed for a long while, partly because of age discriminatory hiring practices (which are very difficult to prove), you find yourself with a lot of time not only to look for employment but to read, watch television and exercise. Apparently there is a real bias out there in TV land where an impression is given that ONLY 20-somethings have difficulty finding employment. Well, that is NOT the ONLY group that faces real challenges in this economy. Many of us in our 50's were told as young people that if we only received a good education, spent our time in the trenches acquiring work experience, and tried to work as hard as well as we could, we would be assured steady employment well into our 60s. Tragically we are finding that this is NOT the case. Our bubble has truly burst. This unique book is for this group of similarly aged people.
As stated in the Introduction of this book "Not everyone wants to work simply for the pure love of it...
I took AARP's glowing recommendation seriously and bought this book. It seems aimed at folks with executive experience, more technical skills, or a great career already, For someone who has held a steady, middle management government job, but would like to do something more creative as a second act, this book didn't offer much in the way of suggestions, guidance, hope, or inspiration.
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