Monday, April 16, 2012
Washington Post, other media, document that many employers, fields, really need seniors or "past youth" help; A "second act"?
The Washington Post on Sunday, in the Jobs Section, ran a story “Hot Careers for Job Hunters over 50”, which I could not find online. But the story said that 92% of men 55 to 61 and 79% of women (according to the BLS, using Current Population Survey data published first by Census) work full time.
The article mentioned health care as a particularly promising field. Can someone over 50 really go to nursing school? How about getting teacher’s licenses when over 60 (Career Switchers)?
There is a site called “Second Act” with a similar story for workers over 40, link here.
After my forced retirement at 58 at the end of 2001, I looked at a little bit of everything, and did not like a lot of what I saw – the regimentation and flaky business models under which a lot of “ordinary people” work their entire lives. I saw plenty of “buy in” ideas, like cash flow management. I looked at becoming a TSA screener (that would mean discipline). This was my time to “pay my dues”.
On the other hand, many employers find that in some sales fields, only seniors really understand the business needs of customers. That's particularly true in home improvement, where Home Depot and Lowes find that only much more "senior" people are familiar with the special problems in maintaining older homes. That is sometimes true in areas like insurance, tax preparation, and financial planning, and elder management.