Workers 55 and older are expected to be the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. labor force this decade, and it’s not solely because of Baby Boomers are graying. A greater-than-expected number of Americans are staying on the job longer or returning to work after a long absence—some because of Empty Nest Syndrome, others because of financial need and still others looking for meaning as they age. But whatever the impetus, navigating late-stage career paths presents particular challenges, ranging from outright ageism to a host of stereotypes about older workers. Curiously, there aren’t many good books targeted at this crowd, but a strong one has just been published, written by the award-winning journalist Kerry Hannon. It’s called AARP’s Great Jobs For Everyone 50+, and we asked Hannon about what she learned from her research into this employment demographic.
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What the experts say about Kerry’s New Book.
“Great Jobs for Everyone 50+ should be required reading for everyone turning 49 . . . 59 . . . and 69. It provides a perfect combination of up-to-the-minute resources and tried-and-true principles. I talk to hundreds of people each year about their next job, and this book is #1 on my recommended reading list.”Betsy Werley, Executive Director of The Transition Network
“In this invaluable book, Kerry Hannon—our most gifted guide to making the most of work in the second half of life—shows how we can create genuine virtue out of working longer, and she does so in a way that is consistently engaging, packed with compelling stories, and leavened by wise and pragmatic counsel. For all those in search of means and meaning, the book is destined to become the definitive volume on jobs after 50.”Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Encore.org, author of The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife, and dubbed "the voice of aging baby boomers" by The New York Times
“Kerry Hannon presents a treasure chest of job ideas and spot-on practical advice for anyone considering a job change later in life. She combines real-life examples with in-depth knowledge. Whether you are launching a second career later in life or just interested in a ‘bridge’ job to fill the gap between career employment and complete retirement, Kerry skillfully presents the dos and don’ts of making a job change. Not…Kevin E. Cahill, PhD, Research Economist, The Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College
“Whether you need help deciding what to do next, pursuing your dream encore career, or landing a job that will pay the bills, Kerry Hannon’s Great Jobs for Everyone 50+ is the place to start.”Jane Pauley, host of Your Life Calling on NBC's Today show