Training Today’s Professional for Tomorrow’s Workplace

Resources Baby Boomers can use to re-energize their careers

By Susan Jepson

AARP surveys and other information sources consistently show that the majority of Baby Boomers intend to work past age 65 or not retire at all. So I want to mention some resources that can help this large segment of our population.

Most Baby Boomers cite financial reasons as being the reason for their wanting to work longer. But almost as many cite reasons related to healthy aging: a desire to be active, to keep the brain alert, and to have a sense of purpose.

But these mature workers face unique age-related challenges when seeking new employment for economic well-being. In the winter 2018 edition of this blog, Victoria Carter authored a piece called “For Older Workers, Renewing Skills and Embracing Flexibility can Lead to Success.” It’s a good read, and I urge you to go back and reread (or read it) as you reflect on what might be ahead for you as a mature worker.

The cover story in the January 2020 issue of the AARP Bulletin also is valuable to read: “Special Report: Ageism in the Workplace: It’s Time to End the Last Acceptable Bias.”

Here is a list of resources and books that might be useful for long-term planning. Due to space considerations, I won’t describe these in detail. But I recommend checking out the websites and the titles to see which of these might be relevant to you.

Bottom line: It’s important to stimulate your thinking by being up-to-speed on workforce developments. And it’s also part of being ready by being informed, proactive, and engaged in your own future.

 

Web sites:

Encore.org

AARP.org (search for the many articles AARP has published about older workers)

Stanford Center on Longevity

The Center on Aging and Work at Boston College

nextavenue.org

Marc Miller

leadingage.org

careeronestop.org

 

Books:

Yes, books that you hold in your hands and write in the margins of (if you own the book) and can find in a local bookstore or library.

  • Jo Ann Jenkins  Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living your Best Life at Every Age
  • Marc Freedman  The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife
  • Marci Alboher   The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life
  • Richard Bolles   What Color Is Your Parachute? 2020: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers
  • William Bridges   Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes
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