The business world is constantly changing and the age of today’s’ work force is a very good example. Employers are now setting standards, such as offering good jobs people over 50 can absolutely beat out the younger generation by contributing quality knowledge, outstanding skills, different views on situations and problem solving.
Our forefathers worked the fields all of their lives or worked for one company for 40 plus years with a decent pension. Now a days the work force seems to stay at a job for a few years, before moving on, seeking professional upgrades, building better retirement options, and seeking the resources of more secure benefits. Or perhaps it is the fantasy of the grass being greener on the other side?
As we gracefully move into our fifties, sixties and beyond, our job sources can swiftly dwindle. With the 2008 stock market crash, trillions of dollars in retirement savings were wiped out. Now nearly 20% of older workers make up the total labor force, this could be due to the boomer generation, loss of savings and making ends meet. The number of workers falling in the 55 age and older bracket is anticipated to continuously rise over the next 10 years. Another factor as to why people are remaining in the workforce longer could come from living a more quality standard of life and facing longevity factors.
I admit, I am in my late fifties and I am realizing all of the obstacles ahead of me for maintaining employment. I realized in the past year that I have not planned accordingly to fulfill the “millionaire lifestyle” that I want to maintain when I do retire. So, yes I have to keep working for awhile and actually I absolutely want to keep working..
When it comes to finding or maintaining a job over the age of 50, people are learning a new process of the 3 R’s, rethinking, retraining, revitalizing. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if you could find a job you love doing? For example… if you are a huge sports fan, being employed at a sports arena is probably just a job for most, but if you love the sport, see your self as having the opportunity to be part of an exciting adventure, enjoying the surroundings, meeting new people, do some networking…learn to think outside the box.
Flexibility and freedom from work restraints seems to be one reason why people are seeking out different and unique opportunities. And let’s not overlook the fact that being able to fulfill a need for extra income is becoming a vital necessity.
In today’s work environment, anything goes, from uniqueness in seeking employment, and using creativity to promote or build a business.
What type of job are you looking for? Is it to provide income, is it to maximize your intelligence or is it to fill your time to prevent boredom? Do you need a flexible schedule, want to volunteer your time for a charity? Many people over the age of 50 are discovering that they still need to make improvements to hold on to their current jobs and are also making professional advancements to achieve personal goals.
Like many people in my age bracket (or older) I am in a tough situation of figuring out the many options for the road ahead of me.
I myself cannot image retiring anytime soon. I have gotten to the point that my debts are paid off and I have been building for retirement, yet I still have that need, almost a drive to keep working. For me I have to keep learning, keep thinking, keep my brain sharp. I have to figure out my retirement needs, my life span and yes, I still plan on becoming a millionaire! (remember the 3 R’s)
I will not become a Scary Mary and you shouldn’t either (see my article that I wrote previously on Mary)
What you need is a plan to finding and achieving the sort of job or self employment that would best fit your needs. Corporations are now realizing the importance of hiring and keeping older workers. And people just like youtself are starting their own businesses to fulfill their need and the needs of others.
With good jobs people over 50 can demonstrate their vast experience, knowledge and skills that come with the years already spent in the workforce.
Looking for a job over the age of 50 can be scary and time consuming – if you allow it.
Growing older, maturing is a wonderful time to shine…learn to keep things bright, spend some time looking around my website – it holds some valuable information for everyone to fulfill those 3 R’s.