Tuesday, March 11, 2008

To Prevent Brain Drain: Reboot

Brain drain.

Those scary words describe what the aerospace and defense sector is facing as hundreds of thousands of scientists and engineers reach retirement age.

“The problem – almost 60 percent of U.S. aerospace workers in 2007 were 45 or older – could affect national security and even close the door on commercial products that start out as military technology,” according to an Associated Press article by Joelle Tessler that ran in Monday’s papers. A link to the story appears below.

The looming labor shortage that will inevitably result as the Baby Boom generation moves out of the workforce and into retirement is one of the main reasons we started
www.rebootyou.com. We want to help mitigate the shortage by helping as many people as possible extend their productivity beyond retirement.

There are a lot of ways to reboot. Staying on the job (if given the opportunity), continuing to work as a consultant, working part time, and opening one’s own business are all avenues to continued contribution.

We predict that many aerospace and defense companies will come up with ways to encourage members of their senior workforce to stay on the job for three to five years or more beyond age 65.

As a nation we can’t afford to have everybody walk off the job at the same time.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/D/DEFENSE_TALENT_DRAIN_WAOL-?SITE=RIPRJ&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

1 comment:

David said...

Lee,

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thanks