Career Change After 50: Plan Your Way
Planning is the Key to an after 50 Career Change
A new career and career change after
50 is well within your reach. With possible changes in the Social Security retirement age and the
financial gyrations to the economy, you may be working until your late 60’s and beyond. So it’s vital that you
do your career change planning now so you end up in the right career.
In your career planning after 50 you
have a whole host of positive things going for you. Many of your job related skills are readily transferable to
another new career. You have a history of achievements in a variety of difficult situations. Your leadership and
team building skills are easily transferable to another career.
Hiring Job Seachers after 50 benefits the employer
Many employers have benefited by hiring the experienced over
50 candidate. They have learned the over 50 new hire is reliable, is easily trained in additional tasks and duties
and has the experience not to bail out when the going gets tough.
Career Planning after 50 start with the
In any career change planning exercise you first need to
analyze your skills and interests. Some like to act more independently, some like to work for smaller employers,
some like structure others like to design things based on circumstances, some like to travel and meet and interact
with others, some are happy working in a closet, you get the idea.
Write out all the things you want in your dream career as they
relate to your interests, possible prospective employers and even where you want to work. This exercise will help
you in your job hunting after 50.
Achievements will drive your job search after 50
Also, write out a list of your achievements, no matter how
minor. Which ones did you derive the most satisfaction? Why? How about what you didn’t like about specific careers?
Again, why? You now should start developing an outline of where you want to go in your suggested planned new career
For example, if you have a burning desire to work
independently with a laptop under a palm tree in Tahiti, with a bit of research there will be
a career for you. It may not match your financial requirements but if you are determined enough you can make
Now comes the interesting part of your career planning after
50, the research and gathering of information on the possible careers that fit your basic skills and
Questions to answer in your career planning after 50
What qualifications and experience are necessary to qualify
for a job in the planned career? What skills and other qualifications are transferable to the new career? Are there
any gaps in your technical skills? How about other educational or certification requirements? Where are the jobs
located? Will you need to move? What are the salary ranges? What is the career path? What industries? What
employers? Is the career growing? What are the latest developments in the career? How will you find and talk to a
number of people now working in the career?
With the internet today you can amass a great deal of
information on a variety of careers, reject some and with those you want to focus on start specifically planning to
make the career change.
Add skills to qualify for your after 50 career change
With each new planned career there will usually be skills that
you will have to update. This can be accomplished with self-study, seminars and workshops, on-line learning and
perhaps formal study at a local college.
Acquiring of required skills and experience may take some time
so be patient, as you complete each step add the knowledge to your resume.
Resume writing for effective job hunting after 50
Focus your resume on accomplishments with special emphasis on
the specific employer’s needs, keep them brief and quantifiable. Likewise, redraft your job objectives to match
each position applied for. Study and practice the skills necessary to write an excellent resume cover letter with
the letter tailored to the specific job. Practice and refine your telephone and face-to-face interview skills.
Write a memorable thank-you letter after each interview.
Use and build your network of contacts to assist you in
finding the right job in your new career. All of these actions will be added to your overall career plan. Stay
flexible, you may find a career that seemed so promising, has a number of negatives so you reject it. Keep up your
research, usually when one door closes another opens.
Attitude is everything in an after 50 career change
Stay positive, build on your attitude and motivation by
reading appropriate books, and listen to motivational CD’s on your commute.
Remember in any career change after 50 you have a great deal
to offer the prospective employer, you worked hard to qualify for the new career. You are a lifelong learner, have
a steep learning curve, are up-to-date on the latest requirements in the career, you are dependable, you work hard
and smart, have a varied background and a long list of strengths and skills and are just what the employer is
Stay positive, keep building and working your career plan and
success in finding your new career is just around the corner.
Read what other over age 50 career changers did
to change careers. How about a retired grandmother who planned her way into a new career as a computer