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
“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.
The book “ROADMAP to Success” in which I am honored to be a co-author with lead authors Deepak Chopra and Ken Blanchard, along with other successful people, IS NOW AVAILABLE!
Be the first to read Laura’s new book, “ROADMAP to Success”! . Laura has been selected to be featured in this highly successful book series from Tennessee based Insight Publishing. The book features best-selling authors Deepak Chopra (Seven Spiritual … 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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Watch and listen to Marci Alboher talk about her dynamic new book on Encore Careers, and then read beyond to my comments.
I’ve been waiting for 1.5 years for Marci Alboher’s book to emerge from her “writing cave”, as she refers to her space where her research and creativity flowed, and which produced “The Encore Career Handbook“. this year. The book has been published and Marci is embarking on … Finish reading
Though it had been a heady and lucrative 10 years in this role, I made the decision to look for something different, and to move west. Portland suited my desire to live in a more peaceful, smaller city and be closer to Asia, a region for which I’d always had great passion. Little did I realize my journey would lead to an encore career.
NOTE: This post was originally published Dec. 2, 2012 on the Mac’s List blog . Losing your job in your 50’s and early 60’s can be painful financially and emotionally, but many Oregon women in this age group that I work with are thinking about focusing their job search on the nonprofit world. If that’s you, too, it could be because you haven’t been able to find your old job … Finish reading