Golden Boomers: Creating a Second Midlife for Meaning and Money
Initially, I was surprised when asked to act as Guest Editor for this journal issue focusing on our Golden Boomers. My birth date labels me as one of the Silent Generation, and frankly, I am the parent of Golden Boomers. However, in reality I have been experiencing for decades what the Golden Boomers are currently moving towards. The chaos of my personal and professional life forced me to move resiliently through our society’s countless, mindless myths as part of my mission to achieve meaning and money – purpose and proﬁt. My claim to fame on this sub-ject may relate to Mark Twain’s quote: “You can’t no more teach what you don’t know, than come back from where you ain’t been.” And I have been there!
Futurist Comments of CDA Clients and Associates Available!
Those comments are in the current issue of the Career Planning and Adult Development Journal (Summer 2015), and each link below will take you to an individual article from the issue.
The entire issue is accessible here in PDF format.
- Chapter 1: The Future by Leigh Ellen Key
- Chapter 2: The End of Work as We Know It by Andy Hines
- Chapter 3: Jobs and Careers on the Front Line of the Future by Gary Marx
- Chapter 4: Silicon Valley and the New Rules of Work by Gary A. Bolles
- Chapter 5: Training Challenges Facing Education and Training and Career Development in the Future by Timothy C. Mack
- Chapter 6: Old people are people too, so let’s act accordingly by Aubrey de Grey
- Chapter 7: Crisis of Human Capital in Aerospace: It’s All About the STEM by Deborah Westphal
- Chapter 8: College for All – Reality or Flawed Myth? by Helen Harkness
- Chapter 9: Our Jobs: The American Workforce and Economy in Crisis by Ed Gordon
- Chapter 10: The Future Has Arrived: The Future is Now the Present by Helen Harkness
Thank you to all of the clients and friends who helped with this issue!
How Older Workers Can Repurpose Skills, Transition to Different Jobs
…Garland career counselor Helen Harkness, too, sees many of her 50-something clients making career transitions by shifting decades of experience and skills into another profession. One client sold his McDonald’s franchise to use his management skills in the nonprofit world.
While going back to school makes sense for some people, it’s not always necessary or financially possible, Harkness says…
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Boomers have options after “no-choice” retirement
Published in the Dallas Morning News, March 24, 2010 – written by Cheryl Hall
Helen Harkness, a noted career mentor, says “no-choice retirements” are on the rise. And while losing your job at any age is traumatic, older workers feel particularly defeated because they think it’s too late to start new jobs or careers.
“Of all the mindless myths that we have, this one is absolutely sheer bunk,” says Harkness, principal of career Design Associates Inc. in Garland. “I tell my clients, ‘Tell me what you would do if you were 20 years younger.’ And we start from there.”
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