RIchard Nelson Bolles

The death of Richard Nelson Bolles author the best-selling career book What Color is  Your Parachute? was announced on 31st March 2017. Dick was a great friend and teacher and will be missed by Career professionals around the world. I owe so much to him, having attended his International Workshop in 1996 just 21 years ago and subsequently served as a member of his staff for five years. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam caoin, dílis. scan0001

Retirement is a thing of the past – Welcome to the Third Age.

Time was when a pension was a thing you got when you reached 65 years of age. If you were lucky, you got a works pension and a state pension.Nowadays the State Pension doesn’t arrive for another year and your works pension isn’t a sure thing for those of you lucky enough to have one – and most people in Ireland don’t have anything to look forward to apart from the State Pension.

Welcome to the new Third Age – one where you will be working after 65 to make up the pension shortfall – that’s the bad news. The good news is that you will have more mobility and control than any previous generation because Baby Boomers (that’s us) are coming into lifestyle that will combine the best elements of Working, Learning, Playing and Giving.
Working – because you need the money.
Playing – because you need a break.
Learning -because you will need to work on your skill set and expertise
Giving -because your family, friends and community need the benefits your gifts.

You’ll also have longer life expectancy than your parents and their parents. When doctors tell you that 65 is new 45 – believe them – they have the figures to prove it.

Do you want a hand in making your Third Age Plan happen?
Call me.

Don’t Ignore The Personal Touch – Networking

Since the mid-seventies recession has followed recession to the point that everybody will experience a number of economic cycles during their career. One of the constant principles of thriving in such a situation is the principal of Maintaining Weak Ties; which means checking in with previous colleagues and contacts regularly. Eric Granovetter discovered in 1977 that job seekers who maintained larger networks got placed in jobs more quickly than those who ignored all but the most immediate contacts.

In practice this means calling on people personally in preference to using Social Media.  It’s not a question of one or the other, personal is best.

Try networking using the PIE method (Asking about the work that people do to find their skill set and knowledge base) and see what happens. Here’s the technique in action.