In Bloomberg, Justin Fox points out there are two kinds of movers focused on work.
There is the job-first relocation type. That person already has a job offer and is moving to accept it. Good for them.
Then there is the relocation-first type. That man or woman hopes that the new location will bring better luck on the job front. And, the strategy may pay off for older workers.
Typically they are fleeing the age bias of the costal areas such as Manhattan or San Francisco. At some point in certain industries they have "aged out" of employment opportunities there. In regions of the U.S. which are less age-biased they could find a more level playing field - that is, not one so tilted toward youth.
Among the popular location-first destination is Phoenix, Arizona. The media age in AZ is higher than many other areas. The economies of cities such as Phoenix and Tucson are doing well. Also, the cost of living is significantly less than on the coasts. To reduce dental expenses, dental tourism to Mexico is common. There the cost of services can be one-third that of those rendered by a U.S. dentist.
Some of those over-50 whom I coach have already packed up and headed to Phoenix.
One woman, who was rebuilding her own business, easily landed three survival jobs. All provided employer-paid training in software she hadn't known before.
The compensation for a part-time sales position in a store within a store was $16.40 an hour.
For a full-time inbound call center it was $11.50, plus benefits.
The third was assessing essay answers on standardized test. That paid $13.50 an hour.
In AZ, the money went far.
Her car insurance was one-half what it had been back east. And so was her rent. She arranged both through the internet. No, she hadn't visited AZ before the move. She had donated her furniture to charity.
The big adjustments were the heat which could reach 120 degrees and the western culture.
Within 18 months she had her own enterprise going on all cylinders.
According to Bloomberg, almost half of the location-first movers have a bachelor's degree or more. Yes, the aging among them are thinking smart.
Here is my article published in Odwyerpr.com on ageism.
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