AARP® Crash Course in Finding the Work You Love. The by Samuel Greengard

By Samuel Greengard

Boomers reinvented society. Now they're reinventing themselves, and AARP desires to facilitate that process.
AARP Crash direction to find the paintings You Love explores either the motivations and the equipment of these playing the social phenomenon referred to as recareering. whether or not they are the right age to have earned their AARP card or no longer, a brand new iteration of yankee employees isn't any longer counting the times until eventually retirement; in its place they're looking larger achievement of their own lives via tackling new—and frequently even more socially significant—work.
Switching careers is a problem at any age, but boomers can have extra to beat than their more youthful opposite numbers: they have to give a boost to their schooling or hunt down retraining; do something about seismic way of life shifts resembling much less source of revenue and a brand new circle of associates; and reconcile themselves to the truth that even the main profitable place isn't any panacea for life's difficulties.
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Stepping Back to Move Forward Achieving a greater sense of purpose in your life needn’t be an abstraction. ” The reasons vary—some hate their boss or clash with their co-workers, others feel overworked or lack the flexibility they desire—but the most common problem is a mismatch in values. The unavoidable result? A lack of fulfillment. Workers have not been given the opportunity to display their unique talents. Too many individuals remain in a job or career they don’t particularly like, Moses says.

Feeling useful and making a contribution to society eclipses this group’s desire for money, perhaps because many of its members have already lived long and prospered. Contributors often include retirees who reenter the workforce after experiencing isolation in retirement. They plan to postpone full retirement as long as possible. Contributors make up 22 percent of the 45+ workforce. The common theme among boomers is a desire to finish out their careers in different roles and on different terms than those that defined the first half of their lives.

In 1985, only 18 percent of Americans aged 65 to 69 held a job. By 2006, that number had climbed to 30 percent. “Boomers view their work as a more integrated part of their life,” observes Rick Beal, a consultant for Watson Wyatt Worldwide. ” That may be so. But it’s also true that Americans have a tough time cutting the cord from work. ” In a highly mobile society, where people change houses and friends with disarming alacrity, work becomes a constant identity—even if it’s an artificial one. The proof is in the numbers.

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