The Age Advantage: Making the Most of Your Midlife Career Transition by Jean Erickson Walker, Ed.D.


The corporate ladder is gone and you're on your own!

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Leaders are Always Originals

Leaders are where you find them. Hierarchical, title bound leadership roles mean little in a marketplace where mid-level managers have been relegated to the history books and people are expected to take control of their areas of responsibility, where the contingency labor market brings together experts and neophytes on an ever revolving basis, and the five generations sharing the workplace come from vastly different perspectives. Cascading leadership with assigned power and authority has been replaced with roving leaders who have people following them, regardless of title, knowledge or experience. Read more >

“Coach” “A vehicle to take a very important person from where they are to where they want to be.”

Would you put a winning basketball team out on the floor and expect them to win the tournament without a Coach? Then, why would you expect you and your leadership team to achieve their strategic goals without the support and guidance of a Coach? Today’s leadership team is over-pressured for results, facing increasing demands to produce more, in less time, at lower cost in an increasingly competitive global marketplace. As the Boomer generation is reaching their sixties and heading for the golf course, they are taking with them expertise and experience. With a labor drought on the horizon and no one waiting on the bench to take over in the 3rd quarter of the game, where do you turn? Read more >

In the Eye of the Beholder?

“When I look at the future, it’s so bright, it burns my eyes.” -- Oprah Winfrey

Eternal optimist or persistent pessimist? The future is pretty much up to you and the old adage that the best way to predict the future is to create it has never been so true as it is today. Who would presume to predict the jobs market when you look at the last 15 years? The truth is there is always a job opportunity for the right person. Read more >

Buyer Beware!

"Complaints piling up against job counselor." (Headline in the Chicago Tribune)
"Aren’t there any legitimate job-search services out there?" (Fortune magazine column headline)
“Stop! Don’t write that check!” (Fortune magazine column headline)
"Warning to Jobseekers: scams abound" (Chicago Business newspaper)

It’s a sad state of affairs when “Buyer Beware!” is excellent advice for anyone seeking career transition services. The problem is twofold: 1) anyone can hang out a career counseling shingle with or without qualifications and 2) people fail to do due diligence before buying services. Read More >

Midlife Hiring

Human Resource professionals, career counselors and mid-life job seekers agree on the top three advantages to hiring older workers. However, where work ethics lead the list from the HR viewpoint, depth and breadth of experience come first with counselors and job seekers. For far too long, this age group have been the work horses of the organization, with little or no resources put into increasing their skills. Read More >



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