Doug Peck (President, KindnessWorks,LLC) presented on the topic “Encore Careers after 50.”
Older workers face the following challenges :
· age discrimination
· skills could be out of date
· multi-generational workforce
· changing job market
Doug highlighted the importance of the mature mind. He said that older adults have the same capacity to learn, grow and get pleasure from new accomplishments. The fastest growing segment of graduate students is the over-50 age group. "You have to reinvent yourself," he advised the group. The mantra for this age is 'networking...networking...networking.' LinkedIn is the best resource. "It is about finding more joy in your journey than about the type of work you are going to do. There might be fear but it is time to be optimistic," Doug encouraged. "You need a streak of optimism if you want to do something."
It takes work to figure out what you want to do. You need to know what your core competencies are.
Some of the advantages of mature workers include dedication, punctuality, honesty, being detail-oriented, focused and attentive. You should enjoy the journey. You should be positive, enthusiastic, passionate and compassionate to yourself.
He shared some inspirational quotes -
"It is never too late to become what you might have been.” - George Eliot
"20 years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did." - Mark Twain
Doug also shared the following resources for seniors.