If you’re in your 40s or older, and you had a chance to live and work as if you were in your 20s again, would you do it?
That train of thought led Pamela Redmond Satran to write Younger, the New York Times best-selling novel in which a woman in her 40s poses as a 20-something to get a job at a publishing company. The novel was made into a TV series starring Sutton Foster and Hilary Duff, which was just renewed for its seventh season.
I am a big fan of both the novel and the TV show — and all the women involved — so it was a great joy to talk with Pamela about the ideas behind the story and how it has transformed over the years.
At the heart of the show is an issue that many older women, and men, are going through now as technology continues to change the nature of work: How do you get back into the workforce if you’ve taken a break from your career, say to raise a child or care for an ailing relative?
In Younger, Liza doesn’t have enough experience and perceived skills on her resume to get a senior-level job and no one wants to hire her as an assistant in order for her to acquire both because they see her as too old to be an assistant (She’s only in her early 40s!).
Skills gap, experience, the authentic you, transformation, ageism… and so much more… is jammed into this latest episode of Work in Progress.
We hope you enjoy the conversation. We certainly did.
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Episode 111: Coming Back to the Workforce After a Career Break
Host: Ramona Schindelheim, WorkingNation Editor-in-Chief
Producer: Anny Celsi
Executive Producers: Joan Lynch, Melissa Panzer, and Ramona Schindelheim
Music: Composed by Lee Rosevere and licensed under CC by 4.0.