Premature retirement: Who faces the greatest risk?


Planning to work longer to bolster your retirement finances? It can make a big difference, but it is tough to pull off. Half of all retirees leave the workforce earlier than planned due to a health problem or job loss. Blue collar workers with physically demanding jobs are most susceptible to early retirement, according to […]

Building retirement security by avoiding job burnout: A Q&A with Kerry Hannon

Kerry Hannon

If you are counting the days to retirement because you hate your job, career expert Kerry Hannon has a message for you: “Stick with it.” Burnout is one of the biggest problems in the workplace, especially for older workers. An annual survey on retirement by the Employee Benefit Research Institute consistently finds that about half […]

Phased retirement: A disconnect between workers and employers


There’s no better way to improve the odds of achieving a secure retirement than working longer. Research shows that a majority of Americans hope to implement that strategy – many through a “phased retirement” involving continued work with reduced hours. Just one problem: many employers aren’t on board. Two-thirds of baby boomer workers envision a phased […]

The 50-Plus Job Market: 5 Trends to Watch


Working longer is a mantra these days for many Americans hoping to build greater retirement security. Staying on the job even a few years beyond traditional retirement age makes it easier to delay filing for Social Security; it also can mean more years contributing to retirement accounts and fewer years of depending on nest eggs […]

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Economist points to 15 fastest-growth career opportunities for 50+ workers

Barry Bluestone

If you train for it, the jobs will come. That’s the upshot of a new economic study that attempts to answer one of the toughest questions facing mid-life Americans: Will training for a new career pay off in the form of new career opportunities in a recession-wracked economy? It’s a critical question for workers in […]

Tips for finding a job after age 50: Here’s the wisdom of the crowd


Finding a job is challenging for anyone in tough economic times but it’s harder if you’re over age 50. It’s illegal for employers to discriminate based on age, but any older job-seeker will tell you it happens every day. That reality is colliding with the intent of baby boomers, most of whom hope—and need—to keep […]

Employment resources for older workers

There’s no shortage of services that help 50+ and retired workers seek out employment. This week’s column focuses on YourEncore, a specialized company that recruits scientists and engineers for consulting projects. But 50+ job services vary from very specialized services like YourEncore to general job boards such as Seniors4Hire. Here’s a partial list of 50+ […]