Yesterday I read a truly heartbreaking piece in USA Today about how baby boomers looking to work jobs in retirement--whether for necessity or just to stay busy--are finding it hard to find jobs.
According to the story, the percentage of Baby Boomers who are unemployed who want to work has doubled to 7% since 2008, and like many unemployment numbers, that figure doesn't include those who've given up or are underemployed.
Why is this heartbreaking? It's simply unnecessary.
The baby boomers in this story, as well as those who are following in their footsteps simply assumed that if they wanted to, or needed to work during their retirement, there would be jobs for them...and you know what happens when you assume.
But baby boomer or not, even with us being well into the Great Recession, The Second Great Depression or whatever else you want to call it, most people still haven't gotten the memo that they may need a Plan B and make their next job instead of look for one.
These baby boomers simply didn't have a Plan B.
So what's a baby boomer to do?
Well, as a fellow inspirational baby boomer (I'll admit I'm at the very tail end, nearly a Gen X), I'd love to see other baby boomers follow my lead. It doesn't matter if you're at the very beginning of the baby boomer generation (generally considered to be 1946, which makes you 64), or not, there are options for you!