Redux: Myths About Older Workers

* Note: This piece was originally posted by Dr. Patti Mason in 2016. Recently, I spoke to a colleague who is a talented and skilled health professional. She is an older worker looking for a job. She helps children learn about nutrition, give presentations at conferences, and receives awards from businesses and professional organizations. She would be an asset to any organization. But she’s struggling with doubt and self-esteem. I found a job and sent her the link – it looked like a good fit for her skills. The good news is that she applied and was interviewed last week! I am re-posting this blog to remind people that older workers have added value. It’s still hard to find good workers and age is just a number.
~~~ Dr. Bessie ~~~

Age is the most widely experienced myth in the workplace. Although older employees are more loyal, reliable, and committed compared to their younger colleagues, research suggests stereotypes still exist.

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Times on Fast Forward

How many people feel like their year is always on fast forward? The New Year rolls around, and we are like “What the heck happened to 365 days, 52 weeks, and the 12 months of last year?!” Remember those old cassette tapes that you could rewind or fast forward. Don’t you wish you could rewind your time too?

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Disparities in Rural Missouri

The article from the Chronicle of Higher Education about Kennett, Missouri really got me thinking about disparities. Kennett, Missouri is about 35 miles south of my house. My dad was born in Kennett. My mother was from Cardwell, Missouri which is a little further south and closer to the Arkansas line. Places in rural areas like the Bootheel of Missouri tend to have more health problems than better educated and larger cities in the United States.

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Make Time To Celebrate the Milestones

Editor’s Note: Dr. Patti Mason wrote this week’s blog to remind us to celebrate your milestones throughout your dissertation journey. We can forget to celebrate the small things we do. When we neglect to acknowledge our milestones and achievements, however small they may seem, we miss a great opportunity to be encouraged to take another step towards a new milestone.

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How To Overcome Challenges in Online Learning

Like many adults, Dr. Bessie DiDomenica and I are lifelong learners. We continue to learn new ways to keep our minds active by working on joint projects with colleagues and other researchers. We find opportunities to present our ideas to academics and the general public. And we continue to publish articles in scholarly journals.

Dr. Bessie and I faced many challenges in graduate school. How did we overcome them? What did we learn from our online experience?

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Mentoring: A Two-Way Street

There’s an ancient proverb that says, When embarking on a journey, never ask directions from someone who has never left home. Dr. Bessie and I know that when you look for a mentor you want someone who has been on the dissertation journey so they can help you by sharing their experiences. Same is true when becoming a mentor for someone else.

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Ecosystem Under the Words

Writing the Big D was a BIG step for Dr. Bessie and I. We needed to fill so many gaps in our research and build our writing competencies. The biggest gap for me was to understand how to do the research project.

It is critical to comprehend “how to do it”! Then you can worry about accomplishing the what and why which are crucial. I learned that trying to complete my dissertation by focusing on what or why is not the most sustaining process. Once you figure out how to accomplish it, then, the what and why start to fall in place.

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