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Listen: 'Your Next Avenue' Podcast With Richard Eisenberg

A new podcast explores work and career issues for people over 50

Your Next Avenue, a podcast from the public media website Next Avenue, talks with experts about finding jobs after 50, switching careers, working in retirement, encore careers and volunteering. Host Richard Eisenberg interviews guests who will give listeners practical suggestions to put to use in their own lives.


Below is a list of podcast episodes that you can stream or download.

Episode 1: Finding a Job After 50

Interview with Kerry Hannon, who is a career expert, author and Next Avenue blogger


Advice on dealing with age discrimination, changing careers, working part-time in retirement, encore careers, job interviews, resumés, LinkedIn, networking, where the jobs are, job boards and becoming a consultant. Read the detailed show notes from this episode.

Episode 2: Part-Time Work in Retirement

Interview with Nancy Collamer, who is a career coach, author and Next Avenue blogger


Advice on second-act careers, flexible work in retirement, becoming an entrepreneur, the gig economy, visualizing your future in retirement, finding work you’d like to do in retirement, investing in yourself, multiple streams of income, becoming a consultant, running a franchise, encore careers, getting paid to travel and getting benefits as a part-time worker. Read the detailed show notes from this episode.

Episode 3: Career Pivot After 50

Interview with Marc Miller of and careers author


Host Richard Eisenberg interviews Marc Miller of for advice on making a career pivot after 50, how to switch fields and how not to, what it takes to make a career pivot, who can help you do it. Read the detailed show notes from this episode.

Episode 4: Launching an Encore Career

Interview with Marci Alboher of and author of The Encore Career Handbook


Advice on what an encore career is, how to prepare for one, how to find a nonprofit that might want your skills and services, Encore Fellowships and’s Generation to Generation initiative where people 50+ assist young people.  Read the detailed show notes from this episode.

Listen to Episode 5: Finding Meaningful Work

Interview With Shawn Askinosie of Askinosie Chocolate and author of Meaningful Work: A Quest to Do Great Business, Find Your Calling and Feed Your Soul


Advice from Shawn Askinosie on how to find meaningful work, determining the type of work that would provide meaning to you, why he gave up being a lawyer to start a chocolate company and the twisty path of that journey and more. Read the detailed show notes from this episode.

Episode 6: Age Discrimination and 50+ Job Hunters

Interview with Lori Rassas, an employment lawyer and author



Conversation with Rassas, employment lawyer and author of Over the Hill But Not the Cliff: 5 Strategies for 50+ Job Seekers to Push Past Ageism & Find a Job in the Loyalty-Free Workplace and The Perpetual Paycheck: Volumes 1 and 2. Rassas discusses why she thinks age discrimination towards job applicants over 50 is getting worse; how employers get away with it; what people should do and say when they think an interviewer has doubts about their ability to do the work or accept the salary; how to suss out whether an employer is less likely to consider older candidates and why job hunters over 50 should target small businesses for employment opportunities. Read the detailed show notes from this episode.

Episode 7:  Why People 50+ Don't Get Hired

Interview with Ilana Gershon, professor and author 


In the interview, Gershon talks about: what’s wrong with the job-hunting process; the frustrations of job applicants over 50; the “black hole” syndrome of job applications; dealing with those despicable applicant tracking systems (ATS) that weed out resumés; age discrimination in the job search process; effective and ineffective ways to network to get hired; the fallacy of the “personal brand” that so many career “experts” push and using LinkedIn to get a job.  Read the detailed show notes from this episode.

Episode 8: The New Rules of Work After 50

Interview with George Schofield, 50+ careers expert and author


Schofield, author of How Do I Get There From Here?  discusses what it means to live a “portfolio life;” the “old normal” and the “new normal” of work; what replaced the traditional four-stage model of life; what’s at risk for older workers; the mismatch between older workers’ skills and expertise and the in-demand jobs of the gig economy; how to keep your skills up to date so you can keep working or return to work in retirement and why he views this period over life — over 50 — as one of the most rewarding parts. Read the detailed show notes from this episode.

Episode 9: The New Rules of Work After 50

Interview with Elizabeth White, author and Influencer in Aging


White (a Next Avenue Influencer in Aging) offers smart, sometimes difficult, advice becoming both resilient and realistic if you’re out of work and over 50. The author of Fifty-Five, Unemployed, and Faking Normal: Your Guide to a Better Lifetalks with Next Avenue’s Work & Purpose channel editor Richard Eisenberg about “getting off your throne,” resilience circles and the “new normal” of work.

You can listen to it here and find the detailed show notes here.

Never listened to a podcast before? It's easier than you think:

  • On Next Avenue, you can just  click on the episode (above) you want to hear and then press play to listen immediately or click the download button (that square icon with the arrow pointing down).
  • If you want to listen on your iPhone or iPad, Apple offers a simple list of instructions. And if you like what you hear, please leave a positive review and rating on iTunes.
  • If you want to download to your Android or Samsung phone through Google Play, here's how.


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