And I had this aha moment — it was women over 50 saying they wanted to do their own thing. They wanted to live their own life. They were feeling invisible, instead of invincible.
The people and businesses that have thrived in the wake of a major crisis are those who’ve been proactively creative. By that I mean that they’ve purposefully and strategically invented new and different jobs or careers for themselves, or products and services that are particularly well suited to the postcrisis economy.
At 50+, it was “a growing up moment” for her, Venice Strachan-Singh says. Like many job seekers in this age cohort, trying to replicate a previous job is tricky, and the rejection can be shattering. “I thought I was such a star at what I did, and it would be a breeze to find another job, but it was a tremendous blow to my ego,” she says. “My self-esteem went down the tubes.”
Participants develop meaningful relationships with other people over fifty on the same path and learn from their cohort’s wisdom and experience,”
Trust and autonomy are essential elements in productivity and what makes people love their job and do their best work. When an employer trusts their workers to get the job done without eyeballing them, it builds a confidence that is hard to put a value on. Everyone wins.
Attending a virtual job fair is a relatively easy way to connect with recruiters, hiring managers and career experts. They’re being offered by an increasing number of job-board websites.
Kerry Hannon recently spent time with five retirees to learn how their post-retirement work is bringing meaning to their lives and making a difference in the world, even as the coronavirus pandemic rages. Here are their stories.
Many employers have instituted hiring freezes. Job postings have dropped. But that doesn’t mean you should put the brakes on your search. It’s frustrating, but one move you can make right now is to look around the edges and set-up “informational” interviews.
“A career transition is not a rash move. They can take three to five years,” said Hannon.
The first step is making sure you are not making the switch out of boredom or frustration. We all have challenging days (or weeks) at work, but that doesn’t always mean you need a new career.