What will the world of work look like post-COVID, and what can you do to prepare yourself to succeed, particularly if you’re interested in making a career transition
The internet has empowered adult learners by providing new online tools to ramp up education and training. “The need for workers to keep pace with fast-moving economic, cultural and technological changes, combined with longer careers, will add up to great swaths of adults who need to learn more than generations past — and faster than ever,” said Luke Yoquinto, a research associate at the M.I.T. AgeLab.
“An intergenerational team brings more diversity in thoughts and strengths that can help a small business reach a larger audience more effectively,” says Kimberly A. Eddleston, a Northeastern University entrepreneurship professor and a senior editor on the EIX Editorial Board of the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis.
In January 2021, 275,000 women dropped out of the labor force, amounting to roughly 80% of all workers over the age 20 who exited the workforce last month. The total number of women who have exited the labor force since February 2020 comes to more than 2.3 million. By comparison, nearly 1.8 million men have left the labor force during this same time frame.
“In the initial stages of entrepreneurship, it’s imperative [to have a support group] because that’s a period full of unknowns, self-doubt and in many unfortunate cases, loneliness,” Nathalie Molina Niño, author of “Leapfrog: The New Revolution for Women Entrepreneurs” and chief executive of O³, a privately held investment company, told me.
The pandemic intensified the labor market inequities older workers faced in securing jobs. It is quite probable that COVID-19 will force many workers in their 50s into an early retirement or gig jobs.
“We provide the platform, the tools and the resources, and the mentors bring the magic,” Dana Griffin says.
“Navigating uncertainty during this pandemic and the associated political and economic landscape is the biggest challenge for any entrepreneur,” said Sanyin Siang, executive director of the Fuqua/Coach K Leadership and Ethics Center at Duke University and author of “The Launch Book: Motivational Stories to Launch Your Idea, Business or Next Career.” “The motivator is a deep belief in the idea.”
“One of my mentors, in his 80s at the time, once told me it’s a lot more important to be interested than to be interesting,” Marc Freedman, founder and chief executive of Encore.org and the author of “How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations” says.
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