After successful and gratifying careers in pharmaceutical sales, professional speaking, teaching, and curriculum sales and training, I found myself in a job I hated. Hate is a strong word, and I rarely use it, but it truly describes how I felt about working in student finance for a for-profit provider of technical education training. I had planned to retire in January, 2020, and was counting the months before I could say “bye bye!” Then in December of 2016, I was let go.
Fully aware of the challenges of finding another full time job at age 58, and quite frankly, not wanting to continue working full time, I decided to enter my second act by going into a “soft retirement” or “semi-retirement.” My goal was to find projects that were stimulating, gratifying and short-term. It has taken a few years, but I have found some wonderful clients, and very interesting projects that provide me with a sense of purpose.
While perusing Flipboard, I came upon this free, 20-minute podcast: 55, Unemployed, and Faking Normal , which I recommend for anyone over 50 who has found themselves unemployed. The author of Fifty-Five, Unemployed, and Faking Normal: Your Guide to a Better Life talks with Next Avenue’s Work & Purpose channel editor Richard Eisenberg about “getting off your throne,” resilience circles and the “new normal” of work. You can also listen to the eight previous episodes.
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