Early in his career, Iqbal Ashraf, CEO of Mentors Guild, was caught up in a corporate restructuring. His boss understood the inevitability of a corporate consolidation. Unlike everyone else, instead of defending the current structure and staffing, the boss aligned himself and his team with the people arguing in favor of the reorganization and offered to help. When those endorsing change were facing a lot of resistance, they appreciated his support. As a result of his efforts to craft a valuable role for his department in the new company, both he and the department fared well following the restructuring.
Early in his career Charles Harary, a professor at Yeshiva University’s Syms School of Business, was legal counsel for a large commercial real estate company. In Baltimore to coordinate closing documents for one of the company’s condominium developments, he determined that the project was being mismanaged and needed restructuring. Although he had no management experience, he saw this as an opportunity to advance his career. So he drafted a memo detailing the organization’s problems, suggesting potential solutions, and presented it to the CEO. He also offered to help turn the situation around. This led to his being promoted to first vice president of residential operations and changed the direction of his life.
When television executive H.U. Nguyen was a recent college graduate seeking employment, it became obvious to him that a job interviewer didn’t like his response to a particular question. He didn’t panic. Instead, Nguyen was able to “change the dynamics by not reacting, remaining calm and continuing on with the interview, answering questions and engaging in a cordial dialogue.” He ended the interview by showing the interviewer his portfolio and eventually he received an offer from the company.
Every month, more than a quarter-million Americans turn 65 — what used to be considered the normal retirement age.
Many will remain in their current jobs. Others will seek out different types of employment. Most will continue to work not just for financial reasons but because they want to remain active, engaged and relevant. Here are some tips on how to go about pursuing a second career after “retirement age.”