Career Exploration and Analysis-the next
"Finding Your Career and the Right
Job After Age 50"
Exploration and Research for Your New Career
After assessing your skills and talents and a complete inventory of
your interests, the next step is to gather all the possible information about all the careers in which you
have an interest.
Don’t be concerned if the career
information is a bit overwhelming. More information is better than not enough. Break the information into bite
sized sections. Write out questions you might have.
Get Your Career
Locate a career based national association
and make contact with them. They may have answers on their website to many of your questions. There also may be
regional or state based groups of the career you are interested in. Make contact with them to get
answers to the balance of you questions.
They may also have a list of members
living in your area. Contact them to ask for a short informational interview. Do you homework with your
questions. If you get a fifteen minute interview keep it to the time allotted. Don’t forget to send a thank you
note. (Remember this is an informational interview and is not about asking for a job. You
are only looking for information about the career, or the industry.)
In today’s economy careers and whole
industries are rapidly changing. Locate the most current data and information
on the targeted career. Do industry specific research by studying industry trends.
Many sources of career information are
available, including articles, videos, and a whole range of internet resources. Other good sources of career
information are friends, family, and co-workers.
In your overall research of career
information, find as much as you can about:
Job descriptions and education and
Current salaries, and salary
Education and overall training
Internet Career Resources
internet for specific career based forums. They are an excellent source of up to date information on
the career. Moreover, they will allow you to ask questions and interact with other like minded
There are also forums geared
toward specific industries. They can be a valuable source of industry trends and current
Don’t be disappointed if you
find a career that you initially thought to be promising but would not be a good fit. It’s better to reject a
career in the investigative stage than to get hired into a job that in a year or two you find wanting. Many
times when one door closes another opens. Just keep looking and another possible opportunity
will reveal itself.
Stay flexible; gather as much
career information as possible and the outline of a possible career will become much clearer. On occasion, the
career seeker will invent a job and career to fit the needs of an organization or the needs in
Career Exploration-Learn How to Use the Internet to Your Advantage
The challenge is in front of you. You can reinvent your
career, even after 50. We encourage you to spend some time on this site; you’ll find many
valuable tips and ideas. Don’t forget to get your free copy of our report that will introduce you to the following powerful ideas and
internet tools that you can put to use right now:
- Make the internet a powerful partner when the prospective employer checks your
- Demonstrate your expertise in your planned "new" career.
- Use the internet to become an “expert.”
- Lets others pay for your time and research.
- Add eye-catching achievements to your resume.
- Examples where individuals after age 50 went from average to outstanding through
effective use of the internet.
You’ll learn all of the above and more in the “Simple use of the Internet for the over 50 Career
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Maybe in your career
exploration you are considering becoming self-employed. Here are some ideas to get your started on your career change planning.
For a more detailed look at career research and the many sources of information our article
Career Change at 50 will
provide you with the tools to find a wealth of after 50 career change ideas.