The Career Thought Leaders Consortium has published findings from the 2013 Global Career Brainstorming Day. What is “Brain Day”? It is event where career professionals meet to brainstorm trends and best practices in the now, the new, and the next in careers. Events are held in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, and Russia.
This is the second in a series of highlights from the Brainstorming Day Whitepaper. Here are this … Finish reading
January 30, 2014 Conference sponsored by AARP & Central Bethany Development in conjunction with Washington County Chamber of Commerce Partnership and Vision Action Network. Keynote Speaker: Robert Romasco, National Board President, AARP. Location: Tigard, Oregon.) As a career coach for midlife professionals, and an AARP volunteer, I was excited to attend this conference targeted to employers here in Oregon today. I decided to share some of my insights with you … Finish reading
In a recent AARP Magazine article, Jane Pauley says “I often hear people describe a yearning–a little voice that says there’s ‘something more.’ Unfortunately the little voice doesn’t necessarily say what that is.” DANG!
That little thing called “The Recession”
In my work as a career coach who focuses on working with “midlifers” (because I AM ONE), this yearning is a common refrain. Sure, we hear that our economy … Finish reading
When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations. Your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world.” (Patanjali)
One of my coaching clients, Diane Dempcy, had come to me in March, 2013 for assistance in finding a new job in the nonprofit field in which she had held several … Finish reading
(Originally posted Oct. 2, 2013 on the Mac’s List Blog)
The landscape of employment as we know it in America is rapidly changing. If you’ve read my previous posts on portfolio careers, encore careers, free agents, and on-call jobs, you’re already aware of some of the employment trends that can make you feel nervously employed such as:
On September 2, 2013, 64-year-old Diana Nyad emerged from a 30-year retirement to fulfill an elusive dream: swimming a treacherous 103 miles from Cuba to Florida without the use of fins or a shark cage. It was her fifth attempt.
Although doubters both before and after her feat were many, Nyad proved that despite her age and the dangers, she could summon her will, her belief, and her persistence to … Finish reading
“Inspirational Quotes from Laura” – is my weekly sharing around meaningful quotations that magically come me.
They are the wisdom of others from ancient to modern times. I feel inspired to comment about their effect on me, then I share them with people who are also uplifted. There is not a week that goes by without a message from one of my readers offering thanks and ah-ha’s. So I decided … Finish reading
Change happens. Some look the other way and deny it. Others embrace change and its new opportunities, adventures, and horizons. However you approach it, change comes to all of us eventually in our careers, in our relationships, and in all areas of our lives.
As the saying goes “no man/woman is an island” and this is particularly true for job seekers and budding solo-preneurs. Your confidence and your financial well-being are on the line. Family and friends are fine for initial support, but to be successful, you’ll need at least four categories of help, each focused on a specific purpose.
I attended the Women’s Center for Leadership-Portland Morning Leadership Breakfast on July 25th, 2013, where Susan Sokol Blosser was the featured speaker. I was completely caught up in her story about the founding of Sokol Blosser Winery, her time as its President, and her decision to step down to allow her son and daughter to assume co-President roles in leading the next generation of the business.
Networking is simply the cultivating of mutually beneficial, give and take, win-win relationships. It works best, however, when emphasizing the ‘give’ part.”
Bob Burg - Author of Endless Referrals, The Go-Giver, and Go-Givers Sell More
It goes without saying that networking is THE most important and productive method in a job search in today’s world. A key component in effective networking is knowing how to educate others about your search. … Finish reading
This week I have invited, Jackie B. Peterson to be my guest as a blogger on an increasingly popular topic for Baby Boomers who are looking for an Encore Career: Having their own business as a solopreneur. Jackie B. Peterson is a fellow coach, consultant, and speaker based in Portland, Oregon.
Experience = Opportunity!
It’s official: more business are being started by people over 50 than by people in their … Finish reading
In previous posts I’ve encouraged job seekers over 50 years old to open their eyes and minds to other options for generating income than traditional employment. Consider other opportunities such as adjunct or on-call work.
Why Should I Consider Other Models of Employment?
According to an article last year in the Huffington Post, the longer older workers are unemployed the lower the odds they will find a job. Thus, it’s … Finish reading
Better, Smarter, Richer co-host Jackie B. Peterson talks with Encore Career Coach, Laura Schlafly, who helps boomers deciding where to go next when they’re in the middle of a tough transition. Laura knows how to successfully navigate career transitions. She helps her clients open their minds to their possibilities. Laura becomes a team member to help her clients find their new path so they don’t feel that they’re on their … Finish reading
The growth of people 50+ starting up businesses is growing at an astounding rate, as you’ll see in this PBS Newshour video segment aired April 22, 2013.
Since 1996 the percentage of business owners who are seniors/boomers has grown from 9% to 25% of the new start-up businesses today.
How about you? Watch this video and see if you identify yourself as a possible Senior Entrepreneur, or Encore Entrepreneur.
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