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AARP Launches “My Dream Job Contest” to Help 50+ Workers Realize Career Dreams, Career Path

WASHINGTON (October 19, 2007) – Looking for a new job? Do you have the desire to start your own business and be your own boss? Do you need to retool to remain marketable in today’s job market? AARP today announced the launch of the AARP My Dream Job contest, aimed at helping those age 50+ get into their ideal career path. AARP is looking for people to share their vision of a perfect job at 50+ and giving them a chance to kick-start a new career. Categories for entries are as follows:

The Career Changer
Do you want to take your talent and experience through a different door?

The Downsized
Have you lost your job but not your way?

The Flexibility Seeker
Do personal responsibilities and interests make flexible work options appealing to you?

The Retired and the Restless
Daytime soap operas not enough? Need a creative outlet or way to pad your retirement savings?

“The ‘My Dream Job’ contest highlights the desire on the part of 50+ workers to remain working past traditional retirement age in new and different ways and employers who recognize the value of this workforce will have a competitive advantage.” said Deborah Russell, Director of Workforce Issues for AARP.

Deadline for entry submissions is December 1, 2007 and 6 winners will be chosen in January 2008. Winners will chronicle their path to success on the AARP My Dream Job community site for jobseekers 50+ and be featured in a 2008 issue of AARP The Magazine. They will also receive:

- Consultations with a career coach to help them pursue their dream job
- A new laptop computer
- A $500.00 American Express gift card
- Travel and accommodations for two to the 2008 AARP Life@50+ National Event & Expo

To enter the My Dream Job Contest and view official rules, visit

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