According to the National Council on Aging, millions of Americans over age 55 work full-time or part-time jobs every day. In fact, it is estimated that by 2019, more than 40 percent of American seniors will hold jobs — representing more than a quarter of the total U.S. labor force.
For some seniors, a salary helps them remain financially secure and independent, while others work to stay active and engaged in their communities. Employers like Sharp value their senior team members for their experience, sound judgment, commitment to quality, reliable attendance and punctuality.
“Our business is providing the best place to receive care,” says Janet Villalobos, director of human resources with Sharp HealthCare. “Having experienced staff in their respective professions is paramount to providing that care. I find that people choose health care because it is a calling to help others, and age does not matter.”
Josephine de Ramery, 82, is an event assistant with Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers who says she works because she is a “people person.” She has worked her entire adult life and doesn’t see a reason to stop simply because she has celebrated a few more birthdays than many of her colleagues.
“I like interacting with the public and sharing health-related information,” she says. “I don't think I’m an anomaly; I think everyone likes to do things and stay active and engaged. I’ve always been used to working and just thought that would be the thing I should continue to do.”
De Ramery’s career path is varied and impressive. Having lived in Mexico City for several years, she is fluent in Spanish, which served her well as a bilingual media and health care sales representative and as marketing manager of San Diego retail shopping centers. She officially retired from her last sales position in December 1999 and launched her new career with Sharp just months later.
“As long as God grants you good health, then why not work?” she says. “Man’s highest achievement is to help others learn, to share information and to do good in the world.”
Along with her event work, de Ramery enjoys traveling, especially to visit family in Mexico and on the East Coast. She also finds time to keep fit and believes it’s important to maintain a social life with friends and her church community.
De Ramery calls her work at Sharp one of the most positive things in her life. “There’s an overall feeling of camaraderie,” she says. “It’s a very loving and caring place, and the people I meet out in the public tell me they feel the same. I love Sharp.”
For information on employment opportunities and open positions at Sharp HealthCare, visit careers.sharp.com.