How Older Workers Find New Jobs
As the American economy rose from the ashes of the Great Recession, many older workers found themselves at a crossroads. Some found themselves without a job, and had to decide what path to follow next. Others, with their jobs still secure, decided it was time for a new challenge. And still others found they would need to keep working long after they originally thought, and needed to make some adjustments.
The American Institute for Economic Research conducted a survey of 405 workers 47 years old and older who, for whatever reason, attempted to make a career change. Later this month, we will unveil the results in a study that include some surprising findings about whether these people were successful in finding new jobs, as well as what strategies worked, and which didn’t.
Long story short: It can be done, in a way that makes the worker happier. And skills matter – but not necessarily in the way you think.