by Verna Yvette Ross
September 12, 2015 at 9:33 pm in Work & Money by Verna Yvette Ross
I am open to great ideas for career paths for women over fifty. Please let me know your thoughts, and thank you.
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kayasinger said on February 18, 2009
One excellent choice is to start your own business. Women over 50 have the advantage of life experience and wisdom along with excellent relationship skills. A good mix for strating a venture. Women are also open to getting help. It’s a lot of work but very rewarding.
Verna Yvette Ross said on March 1, 2009
Thank you I will certainly consider working for myself. have a wonderful week.
firstname.lastname@example.org said on February 18, 2009
Find something you love to do and figure out a way to get paid for it! I am 58, just going back to school to finish my degree in Hospitality/Tourism/Travel and concurrently pursuing my acting career in NYC. I had to move across the country to do this, and found there were those who supported me (my kids…GO MOM!!) and those who just thought i was crazy…left them behine! You only live once, BE BRAVE!
Sandy C. Purter said on February 28, 2009
My name is Sandy C. Purter and I just completed my master’s in elementary education last year. You are absolutely right, it is alot a work,but when you are doing what you love,its all worth it. Please! don’t allow anyone to put fear in you…just think about it, map it out in your mind, and go for it. Women every where will be so proud of you
phyllis the ISSI lady said on June 26, 2009
Hi, just read your post. I am curious – I am 56 with a design background – thinking of going back for my masters in art education (mostly to work in a college either teaching design or admissions counseling). Did you find a job – where in the country are you?
judithesl said on March 1, 2010
I got a master’s in Teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) two years ago after decades as a freelance writer. I now teach writing at an art school. The problem is that most teaching jobs are for adjunct instructors– part-time, no benefits. Full-time is generally considered five classes, and a given school may offer you only two or three, so most people end up working at several schools just to make a living. At least that the case in the SF Bay Area. If you’re willing and able to live outside in a major metropolitan area, you may have a better chance of landing a full-time teaching job.
You rock thank you for the advice!!!
Grandma Millie said on October 3, 2013
Wow! I just saw myself in your post. I too am 58, completed my BA last year and now would like to obtain a masters degree and open up my own business. I’m still undecided what degree should I concentrate on-an entrepreneurship, or perhaps leadership. I am so heartened to know that there are others like me out there. My own kids sadly are not as supportive as they seem to think that I am over the hill and silly for doing it. They don’t say it, but as a mom I know. But even though it hurts I decided to move onward and forward and not look back. I would love to hear from others about their experiences going back to school at our age and what jobs they chose.
Best of luck to you in NYC!
Aries32650 said on February 18, 2009
To me working for yourself is the answer. Can never be laid off. To be a success in business, find a need and fill it and have recurring billing. I have found both. I am a Senior Service Provider. I love my business. It is NOT a job. Very rewarding and greatly needed.
Senior Service Provider sounds great. How can I find are more about this??
Joyful said on October 6, 2009
What does a Senior Service Provider do?
Patty W said on October 22, 2009
Tricia – how do I start my own Senior Service Provider business? The area we live in can support such a business, I just don’t know where to start.
Beach angel said on November 4, 2009
What is a senior service provider??? I work with the elderly population in a rehab facility in social services…my boss is 23…I am 56…talk about someone way younger telling you what to do.
csclok53 said on November 12, 2013
I just got let go from a job loaded with 30 somethings telling me what to do and I’m 60!!!! Needless to say, I did not appreciate that very much.
Nancy Dennis said on December 31, 2010
What do you do exactly? Do you need to be certified, and do you advertise? I’ve been trying, unsucessfully to do work with seniors in my area. Difficult to get into. Please help, as i am desperate for work. Thank you.
What do you do exactly? Do you need to be certified, and do you advertise? I’ve been trying, unsuccessfully to do work with seniors in my area. Difficult to get into. Please help, as i am desperate for work. Thank you.
olympia1028 said on April 29, 2012
Hello, Aries – I love your response. Many people have often told met that I should be a patient advocate or “senior service provider.” How did you land such a position? Are you an employee, or is this your business? I just finished a degree toward which I was directed, even though I had feelings of doubt about it. I now have a degree that I doubt I will use except perhaps to get my foot in the door. But I like the title you use. It speaks to me and my nature. Please share more with me. You can reach me through this site or email: email@example.com. Thank you!
sammypuggy said on September 30, 2012
For Aries 32650
Saw your post and found your business interesting. I have been interested in starting my own ‘home based business’ and looking at a courier service. Providing senior service was going to be part of my business. HOw did you start and what kind of start up costs did it take?
Anonymous said on November 14, 2013
I just saw and joined the site. Also curious what Senior Consultant is. Thank you, Stacy
I am sorry, I meant senior service provider. I live in an area which there are many elderly. We are in a small country town, and you do have to travel about 20 miles to our closest Wal-Marts, stores, etc. I have had this idea for a few years but never went beyond the idea. I think it is a great idea as no one does this in my area. I am going thru a divorce and looking to make it on my own at age 50. I am curious on how you started this venture and what made it successful. Thank you again, Stacy
daccarte said on February 19, 2009
At the age of 57, I was hired by a major consulting firm and spent one year on the road, flying weekly coast to coast, working 16 hour days. Yes, I felt great landing such a great position. But, I soon realized I lacked work-life balance plus I did not like working to someone else’s agenda.
I resigned end of last year, work with the elderly (my real passion) and will get back to teaching at the university level. Don’t sell yourself short. Do what you have to do short-term to live…..but keep your eye on long-term goals.
There is an increasing need for health/social workers (at all levels) for the elderly, and there will always be a need for educators.
Thank you for your response. I will be completing forms for subsitute teaching today. I am very interested in working with the elderly. Could you give me any direction on companies and organizations that are lookin for people??
DesignWoman said on April 7, 2009
Hi, my name is Patty and I have had 3 businesses. I found out that I can not work for anyone with limitations. I enjoy jobs that are projects, have a beginning, middle and come to completion. Once you find out who you are and how you work, things get easier. I am 50 years old now and have owned a pet sitting business for 5 years. Each year I made moe and more money.. But now the business has run it’s course and I’m ready to do something else. I am interested in attending school for interior design. I know the economy isn’t doing well, but I absolutely love interior design……..
dbeckman said on October 2, 2009
Hi Patty, I am new on VN but just read what you said about your past businesses. Your words caught my attention because you love interior design. I also love designing and have thought about going back to school for it, but was worried about the economy, as well. Please let me know if things worked out for you in that area.
I did just find a great new company to work with and build an income from home. The company has created a science backed, category creator nutraceutical beverage product with research provided by the nation’s #1 cancer medical research center and a leading nutraceutical research laboratory. It’s due to launch in October, so if you’d like more details just go to: http://evolv4health.yolasite.com/
Joseph12 said on May 7, 2009
I would love to find a job that allowed me to fly “coast-to-coast. I am turning 51 in June and love to travel. If people hate to travel as much as I read that they do – I would love a job that I could go to another state or country (getting documents signed, meeting contacts, etc.). I’ve never done it before but I have been thinking quite a lot about. Any suggestions on what this might be and where to look for information? Branchhorseman@comcast.net
Gee, I love to travel too and would like a job like that. Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks in advance.!
Gail said on May 24, 2009
I have just finished reading thru all the responses and have a question for those in the “work from home Sales companies” . .I am 55, currently working a full time job outside the home and offering longarm machine quilting from home, which I thoroughly enjoy and plan to have this be my retirement work. I continue to build my customer base, but it is not enough to do just this right now. Recently I have become frustrated/restless with the inflexible time available to me with this full time job and am entertaining the idea of going back to a direct sales company (I did this when my kids were young and at home)to offset my quilting . . however, the health insurance issue holds me back. What/if any health insurance is offered thru DSA companies?
Mary McDowell said on July 27, 2009
Greetings Gail and anyone else that might be interested. Social Networking IS the way to go. I have been doing direct sales out of my home for 16 years now and love every minute of it. I am passionate about my work and love working out of my home. My company has been around for 53 years and continues to grow. My company does offer health insurance and discounted plans for us to purchase at very reasonable rates. If you are interested in more free information without obligation please contact me. I promise only to give you what you ask for always with your permission. You may contact me at email@example.com Please mention this blog in the subject line or I may delete it. Sincerely with passion, Mary McDowell
cornwall49 said on May 29, 2009
This message is for nangano…I can really relate to your position. I’m a year older than you, however, no more husband..I’m watching my savings dwindle down to nothing. I do have a part-time job to what was supposed to supplement my career in real estate…and I don’t have to go on telling anyone where that business is……However, on the brighter side, you do have a teaching degree. My cousin is a retired 1st grade teacher and has found tutering a very lucatrive for her retirement situation. You may want to look into this area of continuing teaching in this particular way. There are many school systems that have received 2 year grants that give way for those who still love to teach and get paid for it. I hope this helps.
For myself, I’m scared and can just about pay the bills. I’m making minimum wage (I was making more in a part time job 20 yrs ago). And try to keep posting my resume on line…which I feel stinks. No one to look at you..see the passion in your eyes and being…just typed words going through cyber space. It’s very discouraging.
Keep the faith….
I completely agree with you, but I have it even worse. I’m in a 3200 sq ft home i can’t afford, but selling is almost out of the question, as my home business (which is currently failing) is using up most of my square footage. I have been looking for either a F/T or P/T job, and can’t find a thing, unless I’m willing to do a major commute. Not possible. Old car, poor eyesight. I am Single, so cannot depend on anyone’s assistance. No one to commiserate with. I’m 58, female and alone. Very scared. I wake up in the morning so depressed. All my friends are either gainfully employed, or happily retired. I feel so alone. What state do you live in?
Anonymous said on February 18, 2012
Hi! You sound like me. I’m single and no one I can count on to help me so I am alone and totally on my own. I’m also 58. I just lost my job 2 weeks ago and have been very hurt and angry about it. But I believe there is always a way to make things work out and they will. I have already found a buyer for my duplex and plan to move to another state. I believe things happen for a reason. Things fall into place and help me make decisions in what direction to go to. It will work out for you.
Mary B. Harvey said on June 26, 2009
For women our age, one of the challenges of making a job change is that we’re often overqualified. It’s hard to find a job if you’re overqualified–managers think you’ll jump ship soon as the job market improves.
One solution, if you have the resources to do it, is to go into business for yourself. Become an entrepreneur. That way, you get to reinvent yourself and create the job you want.
My name is Sandy and you are right Mary,women our age should start their own business.Though the economy is terrible right now,there is always room for a business in the education field. Verna should look into starting a Tutorial Center,Lord knows,the school systems throughout the nation can use all the help they can get. Also,there is plenty of “Grant” monies out there to help with start-up cost. Children all over the nation continue to graduate high school and not able to read. Our children need someone like you Verna,go for it! or at least look into it.
Sandy C. Purter
Thank you so very much for your response. Please excuse the delay in getting back to you. Being an entrepreneur is not a bad idea and I have thought along those lines.
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pspkrivis said on September 12, 2009
I agree if you have the resources. I however, do not and I decided to go back to school to help with changing skills. It is a rough road but I believe for me it will pan out to my advantage.
Edna Durant said on August 16, 2009
I am 58 and have only a high school diploma. No one is hiring 58 year olds without college education. If I went back to school to get a degree I would not know where to begin nor what subject would be good for someone over fifty.
Nadine said on August 17, 2009
Edna: I don’t have college, either, but am making money within my company; I own my own business and set my own hours; I have been told that I have put my blogs out too often, so look for them within the page; I put out so many because there are so many people/women and men, who are looking for what we have to offer. I apologize for having too many comments–when you’re excited about something, and it works? It’s hard to be quiet!!
Verna, I hope things are going well for you in career quest. I was in the same boat as Mary Harvey mentioned in her comment about some managers think you are overqualified and will jump ship soon down the road. I decided to go with a company with a new fitness drink launching this month (Oct.). It is an incredible opportunity for me to work from home and help people at the same time.The company has created a science backed, category creator nutraceutical beverage product with research provided by the nation’s #1 cancer medical research center and a leading nutraceutical research laboratory.
If interested, you can check us out at: http://evolv4health.yolasite.com/ – IT’S FREE TO REGISTER
Nadine said on October 4, 2009
Hope you got my response, Verna!! Nadine
NAS said on April 12, 2010
I’m 59 and need to go back to school to upgrade my skills. The probelm is I don’t know what fields are hireing senior citizens who have had no recent job experience
RockMan said on June 28, 2010
If you are 50 years old and really looking for some part time jobs, I would suggest you to try some freelance work exchange, you get work in your own field and that too part time basis, you can check few sites here http://www.elance.com, http://www.freelancer.com, http://www.1moneymania.com/jobs-in-usa/jobs-women-over-50.html
Susan B. said on September 18, 2010
I became a technical writer when I was in my mid-40s. If you are a good writer and can write clear directions, you can break into this field. There are lots of sites with information. You can check out the STC (Society for Technical Communication), which is the best organization for tech writers. I know many people who got into this field later in life.
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