Midlife Career Self-Assessment-Do this
"Self-Assessment is the First Easy Step in Effective Career Planning
and Finding the Right Career for You"
Career Self-Assessment for Career Change After 50
The biggest career mistake made by those over
50 is to go aimlessly through their working life without a career plan and a clear
career objective. They hang around until they are forced through layoff, they hit the top of their pay grade,
or they realize they hate going in to work every day. It’s only then that they flounder around looking for
other career options.
Locating a new career after 50 shouldn’t be treated as an afterthought. Positive
results for a career change after 50 without a career plan-one that has been planned and worked
for a considerable length of time, will almost always result in frustration and failure.
Find the Best Career After 50 Through Self-Assessment
Self-assessment of your skill, talents and career interests are but one section of
your overall plan finding the right career. The other two important aspects of your career plan
are employment and career research and developing your career plan through additional education and
Overall to get the career plan on the road you will need preparation and
more preparation. Suppose you signed up for a triathalon and did not prepare for the swimming or cycling
until the day prior to the race. Clearly, you would not be ready even though you did work on your
Successfully completing the triathalon is much like competing for a new
career after 50. Some competitors for the job you are interested in will be younger, with more experience
One sure way to overcome these supposed personal handicaps is through a
higher level of preparation, a better overall career plan and to use your strengths to neutralize
the younger job applicant’s advantages.
Career Planning and Preparation after 50
To place you in a competitive position in your hunt for a new career after 50 we
must start with a series of small steps. Each will start building the outline of a career plan to
get you where you are headed and the actions required to propel you on your journey.
First, what are your interests, skills, type of personality and values? What do
your family members, friends or mentors see in you. Are there differences? Why?
On a sheet of paper write out what do you like to do? What activities both on the
job and off that you find motivating, challenging and enjoyable? What are your key skill sets and abilities?
What skills and abilities do you want to develop? What aspects of a job are most important to you? If you have an
objective for your career what is it?
This analysis lists all the positive aspects of your experience, both on the job
and off. Now go through the exercise on another sheet of paper and list the negatives. What jobs
do you not want to do? Why? What type of organization would you not want to work? Why? What aspects of your jobs do
you have difficulty with? Is it correctable? How? What careers do you not have any interest in?