Working longer today often means navigating career transitions successfully. How can you be well-prepared?
In this conversation on our retirement podcast, we are joined by Kerry Hannon, AARP’s Job Expert. Kerry is a national keynote speaker, best-selling author, and columnist on personal finance, career transitions, and retirement. Her latest books include Great Jobs for Everyone 50+ and What’s Next? Finding Your Passion and Your Dream Job in Your Forties, Fifties and Beyond. Kerry is a contributor and columnist for The New York Times and she writes a weekly column for NextAvenue.org.
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Q. If someone wants to work longer and overcome those challenges, a big question I’m sure they’re thinking about is, how can I best prepare? Could you please talk about the three-part fitness plan that you wrote about in your book, What’s Next?
Kerry Hannon: “Thank you for asking about that. I love talking about Kerry’s Fitness Plan. Number one, I’ll go out and I’ll speak to audiences of workers over 50, who really want to continue working. Often, I must be honest, I see the palpable fear in their eyes that they’re worried they’re going to outlive their money. They not only want to work, they need to work because they don’t have enough saved for retirement with our longer lives and longevity. I will say, it’s often women, come up to me and say, should I have Botox? Should I dye my hair? I say, no, no, no. You need to get physically fit.
The number one piece of my fitness plan is to get physically fit. I don’t mean running fast miles or bench pressing. What I’m talking about is a regular fitness program. A couple of times a week, 20 minutes.
I walk my dog, but there are lots of things you could swim. Build that into your routine. Have a fitness regime, eat with an eye to nutrition and health. What happens, it’s so amazing, when you’re physically fit, you have this energy. You have this can-do spirit, this positivity. People want to be around you. They want you to be on their team. Hiring managers see that. They don’t really necessarily recognize that’s what it is, but they want you on their team. They love that energy. It goes a long way to fighting back that stereotype, that you’re not up for the job. You don’t have the energy or the stamina. In fact, you can just prove that wrong right there. The second piece of my program is to get financially fit. Now, this one’s a little trickier, but what you need to do is, debt is a dream killer. At this stage in our life, if we want to find work that we really want to do. It’s something that’s going to energize us again, get us excited about work.”
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Kerry Hannon is a nationally recognized expert and strategist on career transitions, entrepreneurship, personal finance and retirement. She is a frequent TV and radio commentator and is a sought-after keynote speaker at conferences across the country.
Kerry has dedicated her work to making a difference in people’s lives, to give them confidence and the tools to succeed personally, professionally and financially. She offers her audiences and readers can-do expert advice on the best ways to empower themselves now and for the future.
She has spent more than two decades covering all aspects of careers, business and personal finance as a columnist, editor, and writer for the nation’s leading media companies, including The New York Times, Forbes, Money, U.S. News & World Report, and USA Today.
Kerry’s work also regularly appeared in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and The Wall Street Journal, among other national publications.
Kerry is the author of a dozen books, including Getting the Job You Want After 50, the award-winning Love Your Job: The New Rules for Career Happiness,(Wiley), which was the # 1 new release on Amazon, the GOLD Living Now Book Award for Personal Growth/Motivation winner, and What’s Next? Finding Your Passion and Your Dream Job in Your Forties, Fifties and Beyond
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