After 50 Career Planning and
Development: Here’s A Plan Get You Started!
After 50 career planning and development:
you have to have a plan and an outline to start your career planning. The benefits of a career plan cannot be
overstated. And for those over 50 it’s a vital tool helping you building your skills and managing your
Moreover, beyond 50 you began thinking about
changing careers and a plan for your career is a necessary tool to monitor your progress to take advantage of
additional job opportunities. Your progress toward your career goals can also be assessed and managed with a
Career Development in Your Current Career
An added benefit of actively managing your
career; it will open additional opportunities where your currently work. If you ever plan to change careers or
if you find yourself unemployed you will find a job quicker and closer to what you desire. In addition, when
opportunities are revealed you’ll be able to make an informed choice rather that a decision based on assumptions
Thinking about what makes you unique and
analyzing your distinct levels of skills, qualifications and possible limitations should be your starting point
in building your career plan. As you more clearly understand yourself you can begin laying out your career plan
with the goal of building and capitalizing on your talents and interests.
Build and Manage Your
So let’s get started building your career
1. Your foundation: What is important to you? What is the basis for this answer? Where would you like
to be in the future? What do you not want to do? Why?
2. Answers to core
questions:Why in the past did you change
jobs or careers? What has influenced you and how have these influences impacted your career? What do you see as
your strongest skills? Why? Any weaknesses? Career related limits? Why, explain? List your more memorable
accomplishments? How about failures?
What personal values are most important to you? Do you have any skills or qualifications that need improvement? Do
you have a good handle on your financial situation? Can you do better?
3. Career objectives: Write out in one sentence your short, medium and long term career objectives. For
example, if your goal is to become proficient in a particular skill, your first step is to become familiar with the
skill, then to use it with little or no supervision and finally to be an expert in the skill and teaching it to
others. This journey obviously will take some time so your career plan will lay out the signposts, telling you what
level you should be at and at what time.
You can then review your progress against
the plan and adjust the goals as appropriate.
4. Grow in your current
job: Your career plan should take into account growing your
current career; it will increase your job satisfaction and make you more valuable to your employer and to
To make this happen you might consider;
volunteering to work on a new project or on a team involving members from other departments, add
responsibilities on functions that are not being performed, search for better ways of doing things and coach and
5. Build your skills and
qualifications: You’ve identified gaps in your skill sets,
new emerging qualifications and skills required in your career and goals to add to your interests all will
require time, training and relevant experience.
Many times these skills can be acquired from
a variety of sources aside from formal classroom training. Distance learning, workshops and seminars, self-study
and mentoring are just a few of the sources you can access. Also, a combination of sources will many times get
the job done.
6. Build flexibility into your career
plan: With the frequent changes in technology, new careers
starting others dying, worldwide industries transforming before out eyes and your interests changing; all will
require you to build flexibility into your career plan.
With these constant changes in the economy
and careers evolving you must plan on a frequent review of your career plan. At least quarterly would be a good
With a robust career plan you will be in an
excellent position to move up with your present employer or make the proper career change whenever the new
career comes into view.
of others after age 50 who build and managed their career plans which helped them qualify for careers
more in keeping with their career objectives go to career planning after