Career Planning After 50: Find Your Second Career
"Second Career Planning: 6 Tips To Make It
Career Change Planning: Take the luck out of the Process
Planning a second career is happening
more and more often. The question is-how are you going to make it happen? A meaningful second career does not
normally happen by accident.
It requires planning for a second career so the results match your interests, abilities and
passion. And like in any journey you have a map, which you draw, that tells you your current location and your
Career Planning Basics
Career planning is not like
making a trip west from Kansas
City to Denver with a GPS and a detailed road map. Rather it’s much like making the
trip in 1870. You have a general idea that Denver is west of Kansas City but you could end up in Texas, California,
and Montana or back in Kansas City depending on what you learn along the trail.
So it is in planning a second career, what might look so promising, after research, and taking
to others working in the career you may decide to move in another direction. This is how the career discovery
process should unfold. For every door that is closed you learn something and get closer to finding the best
second career for you.
Tips To Start Your Career Change
Here are some tips getting you started planning your second
- Get Prepared: Learn all you can about the proposed career. Talk to others working in the
career. Learn possible income levels and the overall career path. If becoming self-employed what do you
need to learn about the business? Preparation and knowledge will guide you to the right
- Connections: Work you network. Get involved in activities that will add to your network.
Volunteer your time helping others. Tell your network your plans-ask for their
- Add to your required education and skills: Search out and attend relevant workshops and
seminars. Self-study can help you fill gaps in you required qualification in your proposed second
career. Use the internet to source other desired
- Discover where the jobs are: Learn the location of the proposed jobs. Study the industry
and the future prospects. Read relevant newsletters. Study websites and levels of
- Finances are important: What are the income prospects of the second career or
self-employment. How does it match your current expenses and income? Make plans to close the income gap or
reduce expenses. Are you being realistic, rosy predictions will not get you to your planned
- Age should not be a barrier: Friends and family will try to throw cold water on your
plans. Listen to them but listen to yourself even more. If your dreams of your second career are carefully
researched, you work on your necessary qualifications and skills, your age should not be a barrier in
realizing your career dreams.
Daily Action Will Help Your Reach Your
As you travel in your career planning journey it’s important to take action in your career
plan every day. The desired result will be the total of your daily efforts. Over time your second career will
not be the result of chance or coincidence but the building of your qualifications and skills to qualify for the
desired second career.
Are you ready today to start on your journey toward your second
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