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Giving up the job search in your 60s

Sandra Miller, right, and others wait for their turn to enter the Village at Gulfstream Park job fair in Hallandale, Fla.

Kai Ryssdal: We've been trying to humanize the job market this week. Hearing from people at various stages of life, and how they feel about looking for a job in times like these.

So far we've had a 20-something, a just-past-40-something. We wrap up today with a woman in her 60s who's not near done yet.

Kay Grubola: My name is Kay Grubola and I'm from Louisville, Ky. I'm in my 60s, and I left my job almost four years ago. I was the artistic director for a community arts center.

When I first lost my job, my level of frustration was very high. I was forced out a position that I really loved. And I wasted a certain amount of time, I think, just sort of tossing around, figuring out what my next step was.

I am not out actively looking for a position anymore. And I think it's very hard for somebody in their 60s to be taken seriously as an applicant now. I have children in my 20s, and I think we have to move aside for the younger generation. But there's an older segment of the working population that brings experience and a certain wisdom. And the younger generation brings a wonderful vitality. And you need both of those things to really have an optimum workforce.


Ryssdal: We found Kay Grubola through our Public Insight Network. Share your stories at PublicInsightNetwork.org.

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