Late Boomer Bloomers: Older Workers Carve Out New Careers to Stall Retirement
In Florida's Collier County, SCORE Naples has helped seniors find new careers or start new businesses.
“Given the economy, a lot of people who come to our workshops have been laid off or want another career opportunity or to start a business,” said George Ahearn, chairman of SCORE Naples. “Giving back to the community is something we do. We can take our wisdom and share it.”
Linda Knight, who is in her 60s, lost her administrative assistant job at WCI in Bonita Springs in 2009. She spent eight months looking for another similar job, but there were none. That was the same hurdle met by 79 percent in the study who experienced a gap of six months or more; 36 percent were jobless more than two years.
So she turned to SCORE, which helped her start Knight Administrative Solutions LLC a year later.