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How Lisa Got Her (Job) Groove Back

BACKTOWORK50+ workshop concept
Posted: 08/22/2017 by | No Comments

When Lisa Edmond was just shy of 18 years old, she started working at Sears, Roebuck & Co., in the still-under-construction Sears Tower in Chicago. It was 1974, and she was fresh out of high school; bright-eyed, loyal and ready to work. In 2016, more than four decades after she joined the company, Sears laid […]

Self-Employment Over 50 Spells Independence

Erica Lemp
Posted: 07/12/2017 by | No Comments

You may think of “gaining independence” when you graduate high school or college, but have you thought about becoming more independent after 50? What would it be like to be your own boss? There are many reasons why you may want or need a career change. Maybe you’ve been laid off or need a second […]

My Journey to Self-Employment: Find Your Focus

Michele Higgs Dec 2016
Posted: 05/12/2017 by | 5 Comments

Finding My Focus The theme of this section of the Work for Yourself@50+ Toolkit is “Find Your Focus.” We’re getting down to work now. . . . This is almost like asking yourself, “Who am I?” It is real and it is serious. The toolkit takes us through a series of exercises here to help […]

My Journey to Self-Employment: Is Self-Employment Right for Me?

Posted: 02/03/2017 by | 2 Comments

OK, let’s take a look at this “Work for Yourself@50+” Toolkit. . . . It’s going to be a quiet weekend. I may as well at least crack the spine on it. This first section, “Explore Your Options,” looks interesting. It will help me consider if self-employment is really the way I want to go. […]

My Journey to Self-Employment: Hustle While You Wait

Posted: 01/07/2017 by | 3 Comments

If I had to revise my resume one more time, I would throw my computer out the window! Certainly after 2,342 updates, it should be right by now . . .  I had given elevator speeches to strangers I’ll never see again, examined my weaknesses, passions and goals ad nauseam and all I knew for […]

BACK TO WORK 50+ Gives a Helping Hand
Supplying Needed Skills Makes all the Difference for One Hard-working Woman

Posted: 01/06/2017 by | No Comments

Gloria Santos is used to working hard and doing whatever it takes to get by. No matter the challenge, she finds a way to thrive. Whether it was picking seasonal crops as a child after migrating from Mexico, forgoing high school to babysit eight younger siblings so her parents could work, or earning a GED […]