An essay by Dr. Jennifer Sasser, gerontology program director, was published in the International Journal of Reminiscence and Lifelong Learning in January 2015.
Estle Harlan, business alum, published a book in June 2014 titled Later Life Career Transitions: Exploration of Factors and Turning Points That Influence Career Transition in Later Life.
From the publisher, Scholar's Press:
Dr. Harlan has described her 2013 qualitative study of older adults engaged in later life career transitions. Their problem lay with recognizing turning points in their lives and discerning physical, emotional and professional factors that provided enablement for changing trajectory in later life. Often, that meant silencing the internalized, socially influenced voices that whispered, or sometimes screamed, words of disabling discouragement. It meant becoming aware of their authentic self and finding flow between the demands of transition and their resources for transition.
Timing held relevance for the importance of this study. Baby Boomers are experiencing factors and turning points explored in this study. Study participants described later life as a vulnerable time to walk through career transition doors, but all had their eyes set on achievements lying beyond the doors. They had lived life long enough to know when something was meaningful and they were seeking ways to thrive, to make the greatest contribution to society through their career transitions.
Dr. Harlan's book, along with other books by Marylhurst community authors, may be
purchased at the university's campus store.
Estle Harlan earned her undergraduate business degree from Marylhurst University in 1984. She now lives on the Oregon Coast and owns an environmental management consulting firm.