Career Pivot Readers’ Survey Results
I want to thank everyone who participated in the Career Pivot readers survey. I know I called it the 2020 Career Pivot Readers Survey because I was late putting the survey together. This is the third year I have run the survey but previously I did them in December. 2019 was a crazy year with our move to Mexico, the website attack and then the website redesign and therefore, I did not run a survey last year.
We had approximately 100 respondents to this year’s survey. I am very pleased with the response.
Let’s get down to the results.
I wanted to know the gender, age, and employment status. In previous years, I asked for location but 99% of my readers have been in North America. I wanted to use Survey Monkey for this survey and the free plan limits you to 10 questions and 100 responses. The location question was eliminated!
The gender split has stayed pretty consistent with slightly more women (54%) than men (46%) who participated in the survey. My podcast listenership appears to be also equally split.
The 55-64 age group continues to make up the majority of the respondents but it declined from almost 60% 2 years ago. The 45-54 age group grew almost 20% as did the 65-74 age group. Generation X is now reading this blog as they are having the same issues that baby boomers have coped with for the last 15-20 years. Read my post – Generation X, Welcome to the World of Ageism.
The numbers did not change much from the last survey:
- 65% are employed and are planning some change
- 10% are retired but want to keep working
- 5% are underemployed
- 20% are unemployed
Here are some of the comments:
- At the end of employment – Job Reduction effective March 2, 2020. Looking for a job.
- Working part-time and looking for additional income through a new career
- Part-time consulting
- Working full time and shifting to semi-retirement with plans for a 3rd career
- seasonal worker, looking for year-round
- Unemployed because my position was sent to India, now the USA is trying to force me into the “gig” economy
- In transition. Stepped away from work to deal with aging parents who have now passed. Looking to build a commercial business in retirement. Training to do so this year.
- Underemployed, seeking a shift to 2nd career
- Working full time but unable to afford retirement
- Freelancing, but not working enough
How did you find Career Pivot the 1st Time?
This is a question that generates not a lot statistically interesting data but the comments are very helpful. Almost of third of you responded that you did not remember.
I also received comments that they found me in places that I have never appeared or at least I do not think I have ever appeared. A good example is a Northwestern University Career webinar. I am an NU graduate and have made some outreach to the alumni association but I have never given a webinar. It is possible that some presenters mentioned Career Pivot as a resource.
How often do you visit the Career Pivot website?
Given 65% of the respondents are employed it should come as no surprise the almost 40% of the respondents replied: “Whenever I feel like it”. These people have busy lives.
What blog post topics do you favor?
It is pretty obvious that you want material related to the issues we face in the 2nd half of life.
2020 will see a shift towards entrepreneurship, starting a business, and building a portfolio career. My plans also include topics of time management, stress management and other soft skills that we all have to get better at. The job search will still be discussed but more in the framework of a multifacet career.
I will continue to give a quarterly update on becoming an ex-pat.
What do you like best about the website?
Thank you for all of the kind words. Here are a few highlights:
- Ideas and information about overcoming age Discrimination
- The challenges of the older worker
- Conversational tone
- It helps you think about proactive steps in changing your career before someone else changes it for you – don’t be the turkey!
- Geared towards me! Ageism in the ‘2nd Half of Life’ is alive and well, unfortunately. I feel like I am not alone when I am reading/learning from you.
- Diversity of topics. You’ve walked your talk and therefore have street cred. You don’t blow smoke; very grounded and realistic advice!
- I enjoy the interviews and hearing about your life in Mexico
- You are genuine and realistic while still being entertaining and upbeat.
- It is an inspiration with so much valuable information. I also share it both personally as well as professionally.
Are there topics that you would like to see addressed?
The response to this last question is what I really wanted to hear. Here are a few highlights:
- Aging, invisible, women (50+) – How do we stay on top of our game, and be VISIBLE, sought after, job candidates?
- Topics such as: when is one being unrealistic in seeking new careers. e.g.70 years old +
- Starting out a new career after 50 and who to email about specific questions related to specific skills needed.
- If possible, a list/resource of regional networking groups. More information on applicant tracking systems. Great podcasts!
- Help for introverts
- Is there a polite way to find out why you really didn’t “make the cut” instead of a vanilla HR reply?
- More on women and career transitions
- I have been in a career field all my life that I truly hate. How do I reinvent myself to something that I would be able to enjoy for the remainder of my work life?
- Expat, a transition to retirement. Working into retirement
- More on Sexism, Ageism
- I like stuff like Mel Robbins recommendation. It is interesting to me that a friend made the same recommendation to me at almost the exact same time. My job search was grueling and almost put me over the edge. I’m ready for anything upbeat and cheerful from now on. : )
- Offer more work from home jobs
- ow to keep going, stay healthy and not retire, when you land a new job in your late 50s
- How to deal with younger generations in the workplace and how to stand out at work. Also unique ideas for making money by starting a side gig
- Appearance and image impact for older workers
- Dealing with having to work long past when you want to due to not having money to retire. The feeling of being trapped and also of fear that if you lose your current job who will want you at 60
- I’m continually interested in doing something that uses your interests and talents that can earn an income and can be done anywhere. I’m really at a crossroads. I can’t find a job as I’m mid 50’s and live in an area of the country where there aren’t any jobs.
- I would love some very practical resources, like a way to track networking and job application activity and sample email and phone scripts for requesting advice, information, and recommendations from strangers
- How to transition from contract to permanent
This is a smattering of the comments.
If any of these comments are yours and would like to speak with me feel free to reach out to me here.
Thank you to everyone who took the survey!Marc Miller