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Digital Fluency for Success in Work and Encores

Twice in one week.  It’s delightful seeing Lisa in person again.  Last week, her husband’s birthday celebration brought us together.  This week she and I are participating in Encore Connect: Your Roadmap to What’s Next.  Encore Connect is a three-hour interactive session for midlife and older adults to discover, retool, and connect to their next career step.  We have been volunteering for many months to help Bevan Rogel, Encore Tampa Bay CEO, reach out to groups to make them aware of this learning opportunity.  Read more

How Networking to Find Your Tribe(s) Online Can Help

To get a job in your 50s, maintain friendships in your 40s

This headline from Phyllis Korkki’s article in the NYT in September 2015 grabbed, then annoyed me, for two reasons. One, it assumes that only 50 year olds are looking for work.  What about people in their sixties or seventies? Aren’t some of them seeking encore careers? The second reason the headline bothered me is the non-solution it offered.

Korkki redeemed herself by reviewing research on why it takes older job seekers (50+) longer on average—almost up to 11 weeks longer—than it does for any other age group to find new work.  Although some might legitimately claim age discrimination, more often, it’s that older people do not create and maintain the breadth of relationships that younger people do.  Read more