As previous reviewers have posted, this mostly has low minimum wage paying jobs and the book was of very little value--much better resources out there. I find it interesting as well that some people post reviews when they have not read the book yet. Therefore, I don't go necessarily on the number of stars a product has but actual reviews of people who have used/read the product. This set of reviews kind of fooled me--as the reviews mostly were good when I found the book of very little value. Appreciate the ease at which you can return a book/product.
This book recommends an oddly chosen hodgepodge of jobs that are not especially well suited to mid-life career changers. You might as well open any book on careers and put your finger down at random. The suggestions ranged from lower-level jobs that you don't need a book to tell you about (office cleaner, home health care aide, retail -- and I'm not sure I'd call these great for those who are older and less able to stand for long periods or do heavy lifting) to those with a high barrier of entry, such as a Ph.D. (seriously?). The ones that fall under the actual category of "great jobs" are pretty much those that require master's degrees and Ph.D.s. How many people over 50, in this economy, have the motivation and money to go back to graduate school to retrain for a completely different career field that they then may not be able to break into thanks to their age? Also, the difficulty of breaking into some of these careers is underestimated or misleading, such as suggesting that "no formal training" is needed to work as a copyeditor, writer, or editor. Good luck trying to compete with scores of experienced writers who have been downsized from newspapers, magazines, and other media and are scrambling to find work in an oversaturated field. (No, I'm not one of them.) BUT, if you are completely at sea and looking for job suggestions, some of the listed jobs may trigger some ideas.
The more general job advice in the second half of the book is likewise a mixed bag. It ranges from the demeaning/condescending ("keep your hand out of the [retirement account] cookie jar") and blatantly obvious (eat healthy) to the genuinely useful (the chapter on non-profit work). There is enough of potential use in this section, depending on how clued-in you are about job-hunting, that I gave this book three stars instead of two.
I'd suggest getting this one from the library and skimming it to see what parts might be useful for you.
On the strength of the authoring company, AARP, I had some great expectations for this book and therefore bought it to read on my summer vacation at the lake. It was mostly a waste of time and money. The "great" in the title is my basic issue with this book, as many of the jobs it describes hardly rise to that level. IIRC, some of these wonderful opportunities include: Walmart Greeter; Rural Paper Delivery; Barista; and various volunteer opportunities such as Meals-on-Wheels. Maybe it is just me but virtually all of the jobs included in this book had already occurred to me (I'm a working professional, 57 years old in 2014) and I had a general sense of the nature of work out there. Nothing really new here for me, and none of the listings broke new ground for me either.
As the host of the "Boomers Rock" radio talk show I am always looking for information to share with my listeners, books that I have read, articles that are helpful and ideas that can "Ignite Your Life", "Great Jobs for Everyone 50+, Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Healthy...and Pays the Bills" is a gotta have, take my word for it!
Kerry has written a book that every baby boomer, or for that matter anyone over 40 should have in their library. Very detailed, extremely easy to read, Kerry nailed it. And I read a lot of books!
In her first ten chapters (part one) she covers ten different areas for people to learn about finding their next phase has over 90, yes I said 90 ideas. And that was just part one. From 15 part time ideas, 10 snowbirds ideas, 11 work at home ideas, 12 seasonal ideas, do you get the idea? That is just 4 of the ten, enough said, get the book.
How to plan for a second career starts chapter 11, it is one of the most talked about subject on my talk show. I mean with anywhere from 79-84 million of us boomers a huge majority, I have read upwards of 70% are either financially not ready, or worried about their futures. Let me tell you, we have to work together, collaboratively, learning and sharing to make a difference in not only our own lives, but those of our children and grandchildren.
Strategies are listed in chapter 12, so I think you catch the drift here, at least I hope you do.
Typically I buy books in Kindle form and then if I find the book excellent enough I buy the hard copy, this one rates buying the hard copy.
A note to bad reviewers, and I really hate going into negatives, but here I must speak. Remember the old saying, the one mom used to tell us all the time, "If you don't have anything good to say,,,,,," catch what I am saying. I certainly hope a couple of grumpy opinions do not sway someone from buying something that can help them in their quest for happiness and a productive "Encore Career" as Mark Freedman would say. That to me would be a shame.
This is a great compendium for over 50 job seekers and those looking for a career change late in life. The book covers the entire spectrum of what you need to know and what is available in the market place for those exploring new options and transferring their old careers. Would highly recommend this for anyone in transisition.