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A Fresh Start for Older Workers

by Kelli Nguyen at

The pandemic has prompted many workers to leave their jobs in what has been dubbed “The Big Quit” or “The Great Resignation.” In re-evaluating their priorities, many have decided to pursue their own ventures, but it’s older entrepreneurs that actually have the assets and knowledge base to make it work, writes Next Avenue’s Chris Farrell. And as the economy begins to recover, it's “an opportune time” for older workers to make late-career shifts or start their own businesses.

Think ageism

is a U.S. problem?

Think again.

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Making a Noise

The International Journal

for Age Diversity

7 Reasons You Should Consider a Career Change at 50

by Emmet Pierce at

Wondering how to change careers at 50, or if it's possible at all? The good news is that many older workers have the energy and experience to pull it off.
   A career change at 50 years old isn’t always easy. But there are many great reasons to take your career in a new direction if you don’t feel fulfilled in the workplace.
   Older workers who aren’t satisfied with their jobs don’t need to tough it out until they retire.

Why Ageism in the Workplace Still Seems to Be Okay

A chat with a researcher who found the younger people are,

the more likely they hold ageist views of workers

by Richard Eisenberg at

A headline on Stanford University Business School's Insights site caught my eye recently: "Workplace Equality for All! (Unless They're Old)." The piece described fascinating research by NYU's Michael North and Stanford's Ashley Martin which found that workers who openly oppose racism and sexism were still prejudiced against older workers.
   As these researchers explained in their American Psychological Association article about their study, ageism is alive and unwell in the workplace.

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And Your Problem with that is…

Many employers have ideas about you that need to be challenged and changed

Employers can be very creative in finding ways to deny an applicant a position within their companies. Some of these reasons are legitimate, others less so. Some are even illegal. But these reasons, they do abound.
   Included among the illegal reasons to deny employment is age. Some say that ageism is far more prevalent than anyone could ever guess. Others say that ageism is very difficult to prove in a court of law.   MORE 

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Unemployment Data

for June 2021

National Unemployment Rate

Unemployment Rate Age 50-54

Unemployment Rate Age 55+

Total Number of Unemployed

over age 50
2.5 million

Labor Participation Rate


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