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Second Act Success Stories: 5 Common Themes
What I've Learned From 78 Interviews
for my Second Act Stories Podcast
by Andy Levine at nextavenue.org
I’ve found five common themes among the second act success stories of people who became entrepreneurs for the first time in midlife or later:
1. Find what feeds you. The most successful second acts, I’ve found, involve finding meaning and purpose.
6 Ageist Interview Questions and How to Respond
by Daniel Bortz at theladders.com
In a survey by the career counseling site CAREEREALISM, of the 55% of professionals that identified as “seasoned workers” or “mid-life career changers,” 87% responded that they think age discrimination is hurting their job search.
Certain industries are especially tough for seasoned workers. In the technology sector, for instance, baby boomers and Gen X-ers are both at higher risk for age discrimination. A survey by Dice Insights found that 68% of boomers in tech say they’ve been discouraged from applying for a position because of their age.
Older Workers Forced to Retire
by Kelli Nguyen at linkedin.com
More older Americans are retiring earlier than planned as the pandemic triggers unexpected job losses and heightens health risks at work, says a new working paper. Many laid-off workers are choosing not to seek out new employment due to virus concerns, opting for “the lesser of two evils,” reports CNBC. One of the nation’s leading experts on retirement says half of those aged 55 and up will retire poor or near poverty because of the pandemic-induced recession. MORE
Meet Sylvia, The Virtual Influencer
On Instagram, she's tackling ageism and is aging by a decade each month
by Mark Ray at nextavenue.org
Influencers — people with the power to affect others’ attitudes and purchasing decisions — have been around forever. Pope Francis has even called the Virgin Mary the first influencer. But the influencer industry has really come of age with the rise of social media.
That’s not to say that the influencers themselves have come of age, however. According to one report, just 12% of Instagram influencers are older than 35 and just 1% have reached their 50s. And virtual influencers — lifelike characters who exist only online — are no more mature. MORE
Pass it Along
If you attend networking events and go to jobs clubs, you’ve been meeting other job seekers just like you. Mention the Nifty50s to them and encourage them to visit as well. You’ll be helping them and you’ll make an appreciative friend for yourself.