Boomer Employment Struggles: “Why Me? Why Not Me?”

Boomer Employment Struggles: “Why Me? Why Not Me?”

If it can happen to him, it can happen to anyone. Despite a distinguished and highly successful career Ray Suarez, like many older workers are challenged to reinvent himself to earn an income.

You may recognize Ray as the former national correspondent for PBS NewsHour.

In this ProBoomer interview, Ray discusses the challenges in finding work he is imminently qualified for but challenged by a changing marketplace, the economics of the coronavirus pandemic, and yes, his age.

Ray also offers hard-learned insights on how to make this adjustment. Great advice for anyone facing the same challenges.

“I clung to the middle class as I aged. The pandemic pulled me under”, writes Suarez in a Washington Post article. He, like so many other “older” workers find themselves having to start over just when they thought they’d be at the pinnacle of their careers and preparing for a new stage of life.

Ray has been a reporter, program host, anchor, on television, radio, and in print. Washington-based since 1993, with significant national and international reporting experience. Along with his work in daily deadline journalism, he was busy as a lecturer, traveling throughout the United States and worldwide for public speaking. As he states on his LinkedIn profile he is #openforwork.

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. John

    I’ve enjoyed Ray Suarez on PBS over the years. While I understand his plight, in this time of Covid-19 I think he needs a change of perspective. Us Baby Boomers are going to be on the short end of the job market for a while. Trying to re-establish a normal career is going to be hard. By accepting this, I believe a solid option for us is a basket of free-lance opportunities that we control. It can be an ideal situation where you balance the amount of work you want to do along with the rest of your life. As time goes on, you can scale back on assignments to fit what you want. This could go on for another 10 years for Ray. I walked away from the pressure-cooker 6 years ago and have enjoyed my time as a free-lance project manager, working an average of 7 months a year.

  2. Paul Long

    John, what you layout may or may or may not be “right” for Ray, but it certainly can be for many people and especially Boomers and especially given the COVID situation. I am a proponent of people looking into the gig economy as freelancers, contract workers, or essentially the self-employed. My content creation business (Paul Long Productions) has been going for 30 years. It’s only me but I have dozens of freelancers in my tribe and I have loved it. So that has essentially been me doing gig work and hiring gig workers. While it’s not for everyone it is something everyone should seriously consider.

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