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January 5, 2016
Over 50, Female and Jobless Even as Others Return to Work
The latest signs of an improving economy were good enough to help persuade the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade. But the better job market is not good enough to land Chettie McAfee a job. Laid off at the start of the recession from the diagnostic testing firm in Seattle where she spent more than three decades, Ms. McAfee, 58, has not worked since 2007. “I’ve been applying and applying and applying,” said Ms. McAfee, who has relied on her savings and family to get by as she fights off attempts to foreclose on her home. At interviews, she said, “They ask, ‘Why has it been so long?’”
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November 17, 2015
How Jon Stewart and Obama Can Help You Change Careers
Planning a career switch after 50 is never easy, even if you’re the world’s most famous chief executive with a who’s who of contacts and a Nobel Peace Prize on your resumé. If you’re at a career crossroads, here’s how to take a tip from Obama; the recently-unemployed TV talk show host Jon Stewart and Evan Wolfson.
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November 11, 2015
Career Pathways:
Keep Working or Not?

A Personal Note: This is the beginning of my 7th year writing this column. Most people, whether they are retired, thinking of retiring, or actually making plans to retire, give some consideration to their work situation – should a job be added to the mix of activities in this next life phase? The present economic situation is impacting the financial status of the majority of our membership Thus, retirees are reviewing their income flow and people looking forward to leaving the workforce are reconsidering their options. Additionally, “boomers” are quite different from past generations - more active, live longer, have diverse perspectives of life, etc. Many women from this generation have vibrant professional careers that they may not yet be willing to give up. A report by Intuit Inc., indicates that by 2020, roughly 34 million traditionalist and 76 million boomers still will be in the work force.
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November 11, 2015
Why We Need Older Women in the Workplace
When I was about 30, I was hired to be an editor at The Wall Street Journal. There was no good reason for this. I was a pretty good writer, and I knew the rules of grammar and was in general interested in a lot of stuff. But nothing on my résumé would have pointed in the direction of a coveted job at the No. 2 daily paper in the land; I’m guessing there were lots of people more qualified in line for (and deserving of) that job.
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October 26, 2015
Another TTN Chapter Is Born…And It All Began In The Library
Evelyn Noennig and her team in Billings, Montana, are bringing The Transition Network to their community. And it started with a trip to the library. I recently asked Evelyn to think back on how she got from there to here, to beginning a TTN chapter in the first place. Her first response: she’s taking Executive Director Susan Collins’ advice to “just have fun with this.”
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