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ERIC Number: ED395138
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1044-1123
Up and Away: Second Careers Taking Off [and] Career Changers Find Road to Success Marked by Perils.
Lewis, Robert
AARP Bulletin, v37 n5 p1,8,10 n6 p1,8,11 May-Jun 1996
These two articles, which are based on the comments of more than 2,000 readers of the American Association of Retired Persons'"AARP Bulletin," examine career changing in the United States. The first article, "Up and Away: Second Careers Taking Off," focuses on the specific careers that adults are moving into and out of and the factors driving adults to change careers, including the following: late-developing restlessness; job pressures; craving for adventure; need to help others; economic advancement; and need to find a new field after a job loss. The second article, "Career Changers Find Road to Success Marked by Perils," relates the experiences of a series of middle-age and older adult career changers to illustrate the pitfalls that may be encountered along the path to a new career. The importance of having a sense of adventure, optimism, and tenacity is emphasized along with the importance of gauging employability in a new career. Also discussed are the financial problems associated with obtaining the education that is often required to change careers, the time sometimes required to complete a career change, and possible difficulties in gaining the acceptance of younger coworkers. (MN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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