Planning after 50-From Dead end Job to a Growing Career
"How a Well Thought Out Written
Career Plan Can Help You Achieve Your Career Goals!"
A Winning Written after 50 Career Plan...
Here is an example of an over 50 manager in a dying industry
taking a job working with a lot younger and less experienced employees than himself, and what may
at first glance look like a job and career with not much of a future.
Here's Jack's story on his midlife career change:
Jack lost his job of 22 years in the shoe industry. He was
51 years old and knew his industry knowledge was not in demand as he was coming from a dying industry. What can
this experienced over 50 manager do to put together a winning plan for a
After over six months of fruitless job hunting he found a job working in
his local Wal-Mart. He began making about 30% of his previous job but he had been a saver all his working life
so his cut in pay was not as devastating had he been in debt.
After 10 months he was promoted to department manager. His education had ended at high
school although he had attended a wide range of workshops and seminars over his working life. Jack had changed
careers but wanted something more.
Basics Planning for a Second
Jack had visions of someday being a store manager but had no idea how to advance his
career to that level. What did he have to do to get his career on track to the store manager level?
Working hard? A lot of very capable people work hard every day but never seem to get anywhere. No, the real
effective focus lies elsewhere.
If you want to promote your career to two or three levels
above your current position let’s follow Jack as he builds a workable
and efficient career plan. We already
know he enjoys the job and the interaction between the employees and customers. He's not afraid to work hard and he
works smart because that's the reason he got promoted to department manager.
Career Planning after 50-a
written plan is the key step to success
First, as Brian Tracy stated, the career goals have to be
put on paper. Jack's goal is to be a store manager but there are two intervening steps, that of assistant
store manager and shift manager (co-store manager). So let's work with Jack at putting his career plan together.
Here's Jack's well thought out career plan:
1. In the next 15 days have a meeting with the store
manager and if possible the marketing manager (the store manager's boss) to determine what qualifications are
needed to get promoted to assistant store manager and
then shift manager (store co-manager).
2. Complete the department manger computer training modules within the
next 45 days.
3. Read two books
a month on motivation, retail finance and other areas of effective supervision and
4. Spend time every day becoming familiar with the sales and other data important to managing his department
and the entire store.
5. In the next 45 days get to know at least
four personal things about each employee that works for
him and each store department manager.
Depending upon the outcome of number one above Jack will
have to add whatever the store manager advises him to complete. If he finds he needs to complete certain activities
in a set period of time to qualify to be an assistant manger that will be added to his career
He will then write them out and take number one off the
list. As a matter of course he should plan on talking with his assistant manger and store manager about the
progress of his career plan at least every month or two
and bring them up to date on his progress.
At least every three months or maybe more often Jack will
have a meeting with himself. He will gage his progress and make adjustments to his career plan as required. On
thing he learned when he writes out his career goals is
to put the goals on index cards and have one on the visor of his car, another in his check book and another in his
pocket. He plans on reading his career goals at least five times each day.
What's next for Jack in his career development