Worth Reading: 3 Articles on Encore Careers

September 4, 2013

Whats Next

Here are three inspiring articles on encore careers:

The Surprising Truth About Older Workers

Mark Simoneau was out of work or underemployed for over 4 years until his patience paid off: At 65 he could be retired and collecting benefits. But what he’s realized, he says, is that “I’m a worker.” He enjoys solving problems, helping coworkers and passing on his knowledge to others. That, as it turns out, is a good thing, and not just for his new employer.

Encore Conference 2013 Highlights – Big Ideas For Second Half of Life

With Americans living longer, and experiencing retirements likely to extend over 20 or 30 years, the question comes up: What should people do with the second half of their lives? Find inspiration in this article.

90-Year-Old Lovebirds are literally sweeping the Nation

In an interview with HuffPost, the couple explained why they think the commercial is such a hit?  “Frankly I think it’s our age. You usually don’t see people our age in commercials,” Morty Kaufman said. “We feel that all the commercials are made by young, beautiful people and we think our age group has been neglected and so we’re holding up our end.”

What’s next for you? Who or what inspires you to start an encore career?


How to Create a Safe Workplace to Prevent Unnecessary Injuries

July 16, 2013

As our work force begins to age and continues working past traditional retirement age, it is important for businesses, caregivers and families to take precautions to ensure safe environments. […] The average slip or fall costs a business about $28,000, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Many of these injuries result from hazards that are easy to overlook and equally simple to prevent.

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Here are 4 ways to create a safe work environment and prevent falls:

  1. Reduce wet or slippery surfaces. Accidents on walking surfaces usually occur in parking lots, sidewalks, prep areas and showers. Make sure to keep parking lots and sidewalks free of trash. Use mats to absorb moisture in entrances, prep areas, and locker and shower rooms. Also, make sure grab bars are well anchored to walls and placed at the appropriate height. If possible, install railings on all outdoor stairs, pathways and decks, as well as potentially slippery areas that have textured surfaces.
  2. Keep walkways in common areas free of obstacles. Make sure doorways, stairs and hallways are kept clear. All exposed cords should be moved along the wall and taped. Rugs, carpets and mats should be taped or tacked down.
  3. Maintain proper lighting. Lighting should not be too dim or direct. Light switches should be accessible at the top and bottom stairs. Install night lights in bathrooms and hallways. Pay special attention to indoor and outdoor entrances.
  4. Stay organized. Organized work areas make it easier to find items or reach high places without the risk of falling. For example, items that are used often should be either at waist level or on low shelves. If you need to reach for something, a stepladder should be used rather than a chair, bucket or box. Mailboxes should be at an accessible level. […]

When was the last time you gave your home or business a thorough safety check? Here is a checklist for general fall prevention.

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The full article Create Safe Workplaces through Simple Prevention was first published in the San Diego Daily Transcript July 2013 issue.


Encore Careers: Resources and Success Stories

June 28, 2013

It’s never too late to follow your dream and spend your days doing what you love. In fact, entering an Encore Career can be a lot more rewarding than simply working to get by. For whatever reason you decide to remain in the workforce past the traditional retirement age, you might as well enjoy it.

Jan

Jan (standing) retired from her career in education in 2001 and continues to work as a consultant in addition to volunteering multiple times a week to serve lunch to seniors at Senior Community Centers.

Baby Boomers in their 60s and 70s have most likely had a first career and already built a life for themselves and their families. Entering a second career therefore comes with a lot less pressure and serves as a healthy way to spend the golden years. It may take a little while to get hired, but it’s worth it. Here is a list of resources and success stories of people loving their Encore Careers:

“A whopping 25 million Americans between 44-70 hope to start their own businesses in the coming 5-10 years, according to a 2011 MetLife Foundation study. Half want to start what they consider a socially responsible enterprise.”

“I was 66 years old when I received my firefighter certification, which supposedly made me the oldest person, or at least oldest female ever, to achieve the certification in the state, and possibly in all of New England.”

“While Encore.org is not a job placement service, it provides free, comprehensive information that helps people transition to jobs in the nonprofit world and the public sector.”

The article from Next Avenue covers how to create an Encore Resume and dispels myths about Encore Careers.

This concludes the 3-piece series on Encore Careers. Please join the conversation and share your success stories below.


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