I have a favor to ask of you …
When you think, dream or ponder your semi-retirement career, what questions come to mind?
What concerns do you have?
What information would you find most helpful – inspirational success stories, information about courses, help with figuring out what you want to do or ___________(fill in the blank)?
While I normally write about career issues, this little tidbit I recently heard on NPR about how to undo a sent e-mail is simply too good not to share.
I mean, let’s be honest. Who among us hasn’t experienced that sinking “Oh @*$#!!!” feeling when we realized that we hit the send button just a wee bit too soon? And besides, think of the humiliation it could potentially save you in your professional life!
Several years ago, before my mom, Lore Jarmul, passed away at age 85, she wrote a really funny essay about our healthcare system. I’ll share that in just a bit, but first let me tell you a little more about her.
In many ways, Mom taught me much of what I know about second-act careers. She was a remarkable woman: mother of three, grandmother to seven and devoted community volunteer who emigrated from Germany in her teens and went on to earn an advanced degree in economics from Brown University.
I love when I have a chance to speak about the book and meet my readers. Fortunately, I’ve got several events coming up and admission is free unless otherwise noted. Here is a list of upcoming dates and venues:
A recent NY Times article, At Leisure, or Still At Work paints a fascinating picture of the changing face of “retirement. Here are some of the key takeaways:
- Of the 42 million Americans age 65 or above, 18.7 percent remain in the labor force. That is a sharp increase from 13.9 percent a decade ago.
- According to the American Time Use Survey, in which the Bureau of Labor Statistics surveyed 136,000 people about how they spent their time, Americans over age 65 who were still employed typically worked six and a quarter hours a day.
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20.1 percent of Americans 70 to 74 years old remain in the labor force; among those 75 or older, 7.5 percent still work.
The article also highlights the fact that the choice to continue working reflects not only financial concerns, but the desire to remain engaged, active and vital – a popular sentiment illustrated in this story:
“Raymond A. Raskin still works four days a week as a psychoanalyst in Manhattan even though he is well past 80. And like many, he continues to work because he loves working. “I like dealing with people,” he said. “I’m a people person, and I love helping them, plumbing the depths of their minds. I wouldn’t say it’s a challenge. It’s a joy. I like my work so much that I can’t think of not doing it.”
Couldn’t say it better myself. To read the full story, click here.