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Portfolio Careers: Diversify Your Risk and Income

When Full Time No Longer “Works” : Alternative Options in Midlife… Finish reading

Best Employer Practices to Prepare for the Aging Boom

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

Help! I Yearn, But Don’t Know What For…

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

Frustration to Inspiration: Diane Dempcy Took a Career Leap

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

Annual Career Checkup-2013: An Appointment with “Dr. Laura”

You get an annual checkup for your body;…now it’s time for one ON YOUR CAREER!

Is your career “healthy”? How can you know without assessing for “career cancer”, or “job jitters”?

Start by asking yourself these questions:

 

Does it feel like your career is at a dead end, but you’re not sure what to do about it?
Are you frustrated by the lackluster results of your job search efforts?… Finish reading

How to Launch an Encore Career: Laura Schlafly at End of Life University

2013 End-of-Life University Speakers on Tools and Inspiration for Peace of Mind.

In this Virtual Interview Series Laura Schlafly, Career Coach, speaks on the topic of How to Launch an Encore Career in midlife.

You will learn how Boomers are revolutionizing the concept of an Encore Career

CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO HEAR LAURA’S TALK:

How to Launch an Encore Career 11-12-13

 

 

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Inspirational Encore Career Success and Quotations Books from Laura Schlafly

“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

How to Navigate Uncertainty in Your Career

Book Review: The Time between Dreams. How to Navigate Uncertainty in Your Life and Work by Carol A. Vecchio.

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.

Carol Vecchio has helped people navigate these … Finish reading

Portfolio Worker? You Need 4 Types of Support to Succeed

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.

Emotional support from:

confidante who can talk with you about problems and… Finish reading

“ROADMAP to Success” gets great feedback

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

Diversify Your Risk and Income with a Portfolio Career

More people are patching together a livelihood from a variety of sources. Job security no longer comes from an employer, but from your marketable and transferable skills. They’re creating their own portfolio career, which, according to Penelope Trunk, is:

“Not the same thing as holding down three bad jobs and wishing you could figure out what to do with yourself. Rather, it’s a scheme you pursue purposefully and Finish reading

4 Reasons Solopreneurship is Perfect for Baby Boomers

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

Over 50 and Open to Alternative Models of Employment? Become an Adjunct or On-Call Professional!

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

Encore Career Choices with Laura Schlafly on Solo Pro Radio

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

Ten Tips for Senior Entrepreneurs

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.
Comment … Finish reading

How to Change Fields without Losing Your Identity

(Originally posted in the Mac’s List Blog on March 13, 2013)

What is one of the most common questions people in midlife ask themselves about an encore career  with a social purpose?

Marci Alboher, author of “The Encore Career Handbook,”says it’s this: ”Who will I be if it’s not what I’ve been doing all these years and will I lose my identity?”

A Cookbook for Career Changers

Alboher … Finish reading

Marci Alboher’s “The Encore Career Handbook” is a Winner

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

How I Found My Encore Career in Portland, Oregon

Something Asian

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.

I’ve lived in Portland … Finish reading

Laid Off After 50: How Oregon Women Can (And Why They Should) Switch to Nonprofits

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

Encore Careers – Navigating the Oregon Job Search After 50

NOTE:  This is a repost of my article, originally published Nov. 2, 2012 on the Mac’s List blog 

It has become a well known fact that work at an older age is now increasingly common. Jobs in or after retirement can be an opportunity to apply your years of experience to a change in careers or sectors. And in Portland, “empty nesters” and retirees are arriving in higher than expected Finish reading