Being the new kid on the workplace block--at 57

Guest blogger Mary Calhoun shares career survival instincts that are timeless

Looking for a job as an older adult can be daunting, but finding the right job is worth the hunt.
Monday, January 12, 2015/Author: Mary/Number of views (1385)/Comments (-)/
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Thinking outside the typical job-hunting box

Starting over at 57

I may have to retire from my career job but that does not mean I am retiring from ever earning an income again. I have marketable skills that are valued in today’s workplace market. There are lots of income opportunities out there. I simply have to figure out how to turn these opportunity options into an income reality that works for me. 
Thursday, July 17, 2014/Author: Mary/Number of views (1724)/Comments (-)/

Another pension income reality: I’m an income snob

Starting over at 57

It’s a relief to know that I can actually afford to retire now and be able to comfortably live and financially sustain my lifestyle. I will earn/generate more income in retirement than my current net take home pay. So what’s the problem? 
Income social status! 
Monday, July 14, 2014/Author: Mary/Number of views (1729)/Comments (-)/
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Are we talking about my retirement expectations or yours?

Starting over at 57

I'm being blasted from colleagues and friends as “jumping ship” prematurely into retirement because I’m not using some pre-packaged presumed assumption of how I will be living my life when I retire from my current career job. Whose retirement is this, anyway?
Monday, June 30, 2014/Author: Mary/Number of views (1743)/Comments (-)/
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Surviving the realities of job hunting in 2014

Starting over at 57

In these past few weeks, I have gone through an ego-bruising crash-course in job hunting 2014, and it has not been pretty.Today’s info-tech-centric culture means the job-hunting process has morphed into an endless series of click, select, edit, scan, download, save and submit buttons.
Friday, June 27, 2014/Author: Mary/Number of views (1672)/Comments (-)/
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So what about retirement? If you can, do you want to?

Starting over at 57

Thirty-five years of saving, 10 years of aggressive investing and the last five years of  learning to live on 32%-46% of my salary, had finally paid off. I could retire and have more income during retirement than I have while still working. But my heart is not in it to retire ... yet.
Wednesday, June 04, 2014/Author: Mary/Number of views (1638)/Comments (-)/
Categories: Life after 50

Turning ageism on its age

Starting over at 57

I’ve been on a couple of interviews now and they have been most enlightening. Every one has been hosted by individuals decades younger and considerably less experienced. There have been some awkward moments and some engaging ones. Who knew that I could charm these young folks into seriously considering me to be a part of their team, working under their direction?
Tuesday, June 03, 2014/Author: Mary/Number of views (1849)/Comments (-)/
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Neutralizing the naysayers

Starting over at 57

“Now you’ll see what the rest of us have been dealing with … let’s see how long you’ll be a confirmed practicing optimist now! … you’ve been living the high life, welcome to the real world!”
I could go on, but you get the idea of what I’ve been bombarded with since I informed some of the people in my small world about my impending job loss.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014/Author: Mary/Number of views (2164)/Comments (-)/

Finding your way back after a later-in-life job loss

Starting over at 57

 We have been informed that you and your staff will not be a part of the new program as had been originally planned. As of July 1, 2014, your office and positions will be dissolved”…
 
Anyone ever heard something like this before? Mary Calhoun found herself in a situation that many older workers have experienced. For her, putting on a positive attitude was key for moving forward.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014/Author: Mary/Number of views (1972)/Comments (-)/
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