Second Careers: New Ways to Work after Fifty

Second Careers: New Ways to Work after Fifty

by Caroline Bird

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When social critic Bird ( The Two Paycheck Marriage ) ran a survey in Modern Maturity magazine about seniors engaged in second careers, she was stunned by the size of the response--more than 36,000 readers said that they were pursuing employment rather than retirement. This book, a combination how-to and overview of the second-career market, contains short chapters on why seniors should work and how they can discover a fulfilling second career, and an extensive resource list. The heart of the book is a compendium of 28 ``job clusters'' such as ``The Money Business,'' ``Your Own Business'' and ``Travel and Recreation.'' Within each cluster the author describes a variety of jobs, including second careers for people already in the field and niches for newcomers. Thus, an electrician looking to teach can search under both ``Housing and Construction'' and ``Education.'' The book's appeal is its solid grounding in the real-world experiences and day-to-day lifestyles of mature adults who responded to the survey. The result is valuable not only to those over 50 but to anyone seeking a new career. (Jan.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Social critic Bird provides a fresh perspective for those people 50 years old and older who desire to continue in the workplace for financial, social, physical, and emotional reasons. Using actual reader responses to an AARP Modern Maturity questionnaire, she offers the older worker a framework in which to examine basic life/work planning issues such as kind of work enjoyed, type of careers to consider, new skills, networking, resume writing, and age discrimination. Bird also provides data on the availability of jobs in the major professions. Each profession listed contains a description, options for experienced, retired workers, as well as options for newcomers to the field. The appendix lists thorough resources, and there is a pertinent bibliography. Recommended for popular collections.-- Linda Malone, Univ. of Virginia, Charlottesville

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Little, Brown & Company
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