The After 50 Career Change

How a career change after 50 can be the best thing that ever happened to you...



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The after 50 career change: There may be many reasons for considering one. Whether it is your own decision or someone else has made the decision for you, consider it a wonderful opportunity to assess what you really want to do in life.

The few moments you take now to reflect on your career change after 50 and (re-) define your wishes and maybe even yourself, could prove time very well spend. Let’s take the approach of Ebenezer Scrooge (a man who had a huge career change after 50...) by first visiting the past, then we’ll take a look at the present, and we finish with (shaping) the future.

PAST

When considering an after 50 career change, you must have gained lots of work experience in your specific field. Take some time now to write down all your skills and work experience. Your accomplishments, things you are proud of, maybe you have abilities to coach younger people in your field. But most importantly: Write down the things you have really enjoyed doing in your working life up till now.

Asking yourself the following questions could prove useful for an after 50 career change, to find out what to do next:

  • Did you lead the life you have wanted so far?
  • Have you been doing the things you love?
  • Do you have a sense of happiness and satisfaction about your life up till now?
  • Are there things that you would change if you had the chance?
  • How would you like the rest of your life to be?

When answering that last question most people refer to the skills, abilities and experience they have had in the past, and create a future scenario based on what has already been.

But think about this one: If you do the things the way you have always been doing them, how can you expect things to be different in the future?

If you are not so happy with how your life has been in the past then maybe it’s time for a change…

PRESENT

Let’s have a look at the present and review what is important here when considering an after 50 career change.

Recently the big news was announced that the recession is over… But a growing number of people in their 50’s and 60s remain unemployed and are afraid never to find a job again. Well, they may find work again, but it will not be at the level they are used to and comfortable with.

Experts agree that there are fewer jobs being created than job seekers, and this has been especially tough for people who are a bit older.

Employers typically look for employee’s who are young, cheap, eager, and healthy. Over 2 million of the almost 15 million unemployed in the U.S. are over 50. And what is worse is that almost half of them are unemployed for more than 6 months.

The 7.3% unemployment rate of workers over 50 is a new record, and it is about double the rate at the start of the most recent recession.

Experts predict that the job recovery will take years, since jobs are not being created quickly, many older workers are afraid they will age out of the market before they can return to the kind of work they are used to. Governments across Europe are changing their policies about raising the retirement age. In the Netherlands retirement will only kick in at the age of 67.

In France it will be at 62. As I write this, over 200 protest marches of angry workers are happening across France. And to be honest, I don’t see the end of the civil unrest happening any time soon.

Think about this: What about your retirement savings drying up while unemployed? Being poor at the golden age..? This is a scenario most people don’t like to think about. Luckily you do, you have taken the time to search the web with ‘50 career change’ or 'career change education' and most likely are willing to do something about it.

You are reading my article and therefore you have a real advantage over those who didn’t. You have to take matters into your own hand to determine your own destiny, to regain control over your life, to live the life you deserve; Now is the time!

FUTURE

We have taken a look at your past now and written down your skills, experience and the things you really enjoy doing. We took a look at the present with numbers of the current economical situation. It is easy to conclude that these are hard times for an after 50 career change.

What remains is to have a look at your future.In my eyes you have two options:

  1. Find employment.
  2. Start your own small biz.

You probably have been searching for a job already if you are unemployed. Or maybe you still have a job, but you are looking for something in which you find more joy. For both situations I have some interesting tips to help you get the upper hand in planning your after 50 career change.

Deal with your fear

Master Yoda once said: “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, and hate leads to suffering.” (I feel free to quote the truth where ever I see it ;-)

Take this lesson to heart and know that good things never come from fear. Base your after 50 career change on balance and self confidence and trust everything will be fine.

When you do experience stress and anxiety (which is perfectly normal from time to time), talk to your spouse, kids, friends and colleagues about the changes you are going through, and seek assistance and support. You’ll see that you never stand alone in your after 50 career change.

Be flexible and learn to adjust.

Just realize you have become set in your ways and that this sometimes conflicts with the changing times.

Stay strong.

You may have lost your job, but guess what… your new job is to look for new job! Meanwhile, stay healthy, go running or swimming and keep a positive outlook on your life and/or financial situation.

Consider all options

You may not be able to work in your previous line of work again, so be willing to take a step down, or better; Try something different. With your wealth of experience you may become a coach or a teacher or become a freelancer or consultant.

Use your network

Tell everyone you know about your search for the perfect job. By now, you must know a lot of folks and those people know people who know people… you catch my drift? You most likely have time to invest in yourself if you are unemployed, so why not make the most out of it? For sure keeping busy and involved will look good on your resume.

Do something you always wanted to do in your life! Write the book you never came around writing, start blogging about something you have always been an expert in. Go back to school and learn a new language. Write a website about your passion…

Have a look how this story inspired me and many others to start a website about something they love. It is about the after 50 career change of Carol from the U.K. who could not work anymore because of bad health and was struggling to make end meet. She then found a product called site build it! (sbi!) and it has turned her situation and her life around.

She is now an involved member of a community and doesn’t have to worry about money anymore…


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