By Samuel Greengard
Boomers reinvented society. Now they are reinventing themselves, and AARP desires to facilitate that process.
AARP Crash path find the paintings You Love explores either the motivations and the equipment of these enjoying the social phenomenon referred to as recareering. whether or not they are sufficiently old to have earned their AARP card or no longer, a brand new new release of yank staff is not any longer counting the times until eventually retirement; as an alternative they're looking higher achievement of their own lives via tackling new—and usually 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 support their schooling or search out retraining; deal with seismic way of life shifts similar to much less source of revenue and a brand new circle of buddies; and reconcile themselves to the truth that even the main worthwhile place isn't any panacea for life's difficulties.
Author Sam Greengard brings a wealth of...
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What’s more, a new career is no panacea: It won’t transform the life of someone who is fundamentally unhappy. On the other hand, a well-conceived plan—which I hope this book will help you devise and implement—ups the odds of discovering your true purpose. New life challenges can yield rewards beyond anything you may have imagined. Not surprisingly, this newfound passion often ripples outward, improving interpersonal relationships and boosting health, energy, and creativity. Indeed, when it serves as the springboard to the creation of new products or services, or to the solution of a social problem, the right career change can even make the world a better place.
It’s important to understand work options as well as the growing demand for older workers. Statistics bear this out. A study conducted at Cornell University from 1994 through 1999 found that married men aged 50 to 74 who had retired—and whose wives were still working—displayed a higher level of marital stress than did newly retired men whose wives did not work. Those who had retired but returned to work reported the highest morale and the lowest rates of depression. Among women, entering retirement posed a risk of depression, especially if their husbands were still working.
To be sure, summoning the courage and resources to change careers (or to embark on a new path in an existing career) demands fortitude, patience, and poise. Along the way, we may question our own thinking and desires. We may harbor misgivings about our ability to go back to school, learn new skills, and venture into an entirely new field. Worse yet, others may “encourage” us in the doubt department. It may help to view such qualms as the occupational hazards of reinventing one’s life. Faced with the enormity—and novelty—of switching careers, it’s tempting to second-guess yourself: “Why am I tossing so much away?
AARP® Crash Course in Finding the Work You Love. The Essential Guide to Reinventing Your Life by Samuel Greengard