What Benefits Do Senior Adults Get Working Past Normal Retirement Age? | Joyce Part 2 In A Series
February 17, 2022
by Michael Yublosky
Joyce Feustel is a social media (especially LinkedIn) trainer and tutors baby boomers on how to run your own business. She was 73 this past December and now lives near Denver. Joyce retired from a 17-year sales career and started her own business almost by accident.
Ms Feustel told me that she “started my business back in 2010 when I still had the day job…I would like drag my friends from Toastmasters into little tutoring sessions so I could practice. I made myself an internship while I was still working to see if I even was any good at being a social media tutor and trainer…I didn’t really start doing it in a full-time way until March of 2013. So it’s been almost nine years.”
She spoke from her heart when I asked what benefits she gets out of working past what we used to consider to be the normal retirement age in this country.
“I get to be who I really am, which is this kind of Energizer bunny that just thrives in the business world. I’m a natural connector. There are all these people that I meet I can connect one with the other. It’s a gift I have, I get to use that gift. I am very energized by people, so even if it’s like this talking to one on Zoom it really perks me up and I feel engaged and I like that so much.”
Joyce told me that her top strength is as an activator. “An activator is somebody who really makes a difference in life.” She could be doing other things with her life but she admits this is “a chance for me to really express my true self.” Originally trained as an educator, this “gets me back to my original calling…my home and I help people learn.”
“People are so grateful to me when I help them really get their arms around LinkedIn. So it’s a way to keep using my skills and make a difference in the world and people appreciate it, a lot…it’s one of those things that make me excited about getting up in the morning every single day to do my business…I do this for the love of it.”
We talked a bit about ageism in the workplace. She relayed a story about her facing age discrimination from a 30-year old when she tried to re-enter the workforce some 20 years ago. She felt demeaned but she carried on and eventually succeeded in landing a position with the University of Phoenix when she bonded with an interviewer from the same small-town high school they both graduated from in Wisconsin.
Joyce has some advice for those who find themselves unemployed or longing to quit their jobs without a Plan B.
“When people are still working and they’re thinking about what’s next (in their lives). Maybe some sort of entrepreneurial type of approach as opposed to just work(ing) part-time in retail or something.
“I say just do what I did and keep the day job…put your toe into (the water and explore) what you’re thinking of doing…read books…try out what you think you want to do in your own self-employment internship to see if it’s a fit for you….be somebody’s apprentice..whatever it takes..(you) need to go into the trenches and figure out what it is you like and if it’s suitable for you.”
I want add that Joyce envisions doing this for another 10 years or so. Although she doesn’t have plans for afterward since she stays “pretty much in the present”.
I think that you’ll agree she offers good advice for anyone still thinking that they are over the hill at 60 or 65. Remember, you may just have another 20 or 30 years to look forward to. Find something that makes you want to get up in the morning and make the donuts.
Ms Feustel is a guest blogger on xbound.us and recently wrote “As A Senior Adult How Do I Promote Myself On LinkedIn Without Bragging? Use An Upbeat Style And Focus On The Positives.”
Connect with Joyce on LinkedIn.