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Boss Baby: How to Work for Someone
Much Younger Than Yourself
Fastest-Growing Workforce Segment? Seniors
by Marlene Y. Satter
Many Going Back to School at Age 50-Plus
by Jan Burns at chron.com
Where You Find It
More help for the 50+ job seeker:
Not only are there significantly more Americans over the age of 65 in the workforce today, compared with 30 years ago, a December 2017 study by SeniorLiving.org says that their numbers are growing rapidly, increasing nearly 35 percent just between 2011 and 2016.
According to a report from the Society for Human Resource Management, the senior segment is projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to be the fastest-growing group in the workforce through 2024.
With life expectancies rising by about three years every decade, and many more people living to see their 100th birthdays, workers are staying in their jobs longer to support themselves.
As a result, employees aren’t being ushered out the door with a pat on the back and a gold watch anymore. Now that some companies have as many as five generations coexisting in their workplaces, chances are high you may one day report to a boss who is significantly younger than you.
This scenario makes some older workers feel uncomfortable.
Things are changing and people over age 50 are working later in life, partly because they have a longer life expectancy than previous generations. Another change, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, is that people 50-plus are going back to school in higher numbers than ever.
Here are some reasons why this is happening.
If you’ve been paying attention at all, you should have learned by now that there things out there to help you with your job search.
Take LinkedIn. It’s a tremendous resource at several different levels; and, in most cases, it’s free. Free. Just like the help that is available from libraries, community colleges, YouTube videos, etc.
While we’re in the online world, you can search for MeetUp groups in your area that might be focused on job seeking, or specific industries or kinds of work. Do a simple search at meetup.com and discover what’s available in your general vicinity. Most meetings themselves are free. Some may feature a cash bar and free event. Do your homework and be careful.
If you prefer something more personal, more targeted, you may want to consider accountability groups. If nothing exists that is consistent with your needs, start your own. One or two job seeking colleagues is all that it takes.
What do these groups offer? Frankly, they can be a source of seemingly boundless information. Job leads, interview tips as well as plain, down-home encouragement. It’s much like the old adage about exercising with a friend and how involving a friend has been proven to enhance success rates. And, sometimes, you just need a cheerleader.
An accountability can hold you to your stated goals of a targeted number of new contacts a week; a goal of a number of interviews per month; or remind you of the preparation needed for an interview, or the preferred protocol for following up on an interview.
Aligning yourself with a mentor can be another valuable resource. This can be someone from your industry or your profession. A good mentor is an advisor, a cheerleader, a guidance counselor, a sympathizer, a source of inspiration, etc., etc.
The best part of all this is that most of these resources are readily available and, while many are literally free, many only have marginal costs associated with them. Use what works for you, whatever you’re comfortable with. But use something. It sure helps when you don’t have to face something as daunting as a job search alone.
The Septuagenerian Intern: 3 Reasons
Why Hiring Older Employees Is A Smart Decision
Baby boomers come to the table with a whole set of experiences
by Andrew Simon at the Santa Monica Observer
In the 2015 movie The Intern, Robert DeNiro starred as a 70-year-old widower who returns to the workforce as an under-appreciated and seemingly out-of-step intern working for a young boss played by Anne Hathaway.
Initially, Hathaway's character can't quite relate to this baby boomer who ditched retirement out of boredom, but by the film's finale she comes to appreciate his skills and experience.
In real life you're unlikely to encounter many septuagenarian interns, but it's not unusual for people to re-enter the labor market or launch new careers when they are well into what was once considered retirement age.
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