Friday, October 10, 2008

Crash Course in Finding the Work You Love

The AARP Crash Course in Finding the Work You Love explores the growing social phenomenon known as recareering. In a time of economic uncertainly, many of America's Baby Boomers are reevaluating their career decisions. Others have been laid off and need to find a new job. For a generation that redefined society with social protests and sexual experimentation, recareering may represent the final frontier of personal reinvention. No matter what the driving motivation -- necessity or aspiration -- record numbers of people age 50+ are reinventing themselves and their careers. AARP's latest book offers a wealth of knowledge and resources for those in this position.

Switching careers is a challenge at any age, yet boomers may have more to overcome than their younger counterparts. Many must beef up their education or seek retraining; cope with seismic lifestyle shifts such as lower income and a new circle of friends; and learn how to find a happier balance between their work and personal lives.

The AARP Crash Course in Finding the Work You Love helps ease Boomers into this transition and allows them to seek greater fulfillment in their personal lives by tackling new -- and often much more socially significant -- work. The book includes:

How to sort out feelings about an existing career.

Strategies to successfully transition to a new one.

Tips for working toward a greater sense of balance in everyday life.

Profiles of recareering veterans and how they attained their goals.

Tips, quizzes, worksheets, how-to sidebars, and other practical resources.

With this handbook to guide them, readers of any age can finally make the leap to finding the work they will truly love.

Sam Greengard brings a wealth of knowledge to this timely topic: Since 1981 he has written about career issues for publications as diverse as The Chicago Tribune, Family Circle, The Los Angeles Times, MSNBC/MSN Online, Wired, and Workforce Management. He has changed careers twice so far: from restaurant manager to telecom-industry executive, and thence to business writer. A past president of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, Greengard is currently an instructor in the UCLA Writer's Program.