Jan 272012
 

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In the past several posts we discussed some important steps in making a smooth transition to changing careers at 50 and beyond. The age factor in planning a career change can be a hindrance or an asset. Let’s see if we can make your age an asset in planning your career change.

In your plans to change careers at 50 and beyond a step often overlooked or given less than a careful analysis is the required homework into the planned new career. The planned new career may sound exciting but virtually every career has it’s boring moments and periods where the job is just plain awful.

This is where your homework comes into play. Only with the right information can you make the important decision to decide if the planned new career is the right one for you.

By homework, we mean talking to others who work in the field. Don’t stop at one interview but make it a point to learn from those experienced all the way down to those who recently started. Learn all aspects of the job. What skills are required? What do those in the career regularly read? What web sites do they normally look at? What conferences do they attend and what groups do they belong to?

Don’t be discouraged if the career, after your study and homework, turns out to be something you would not want to do. Keep looking, the next possible career that you study may be an exact fit. Or as some have learned they develop a new career based on the needs of possible employers.

An interesting story is how a teacher created a new position as sales manager and successfully changes careers after 50.

Make use of your network in doing your homework on the planned new career. Of course the internet can be a great resource in doing your career change homework. So get to it, stay flexible, and doing something on your homework every day. Soon you’ll have a body of information that will help you make the right career decision. Use your age and experience in project management to get you pointed in the right direction.

 

 

Jan 202012
 

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Career change at 50 and beyond starts with an analysis of your skills. Make a list. Equate your skills with your accomplishments.

What skills have you picked up in your career, and even skills picked up outside of work. The question to ask is what skills are needed in your new career? Is there a crossover? Think big. You’d be surprised how careers in different fields require similar skills. What are your core talents? What are your unique skills? What abilities would others say you have? Combine this with your interests and you have a winning mix in finding that new career at 50.

Effectively managing people goes across many career fields. Likewise, working well with others, budgeting, steep learning curve, a problem solving idea person are all skills that cross into many careers.

Changing careers at 50 requires that you recognize these skills and talents and work hard to communicate this critical information in all you do in finding and getting the right job in your planned new career. A new career at 50 can be an exciting time if you do your homework, build a robust career plan, and remain flexible and patient.

For information on how others found new careers at 50 and beyond go to career planning after 50.

Aug 112011
 

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Career change at 50 ideas, and even beyond age 50, can be an exciting time. You have years of great experience, problem solving skills that are unmatched and a steep learning curve. Continue reading »

Feb 222011
 

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Career change at 50 can lead you down a number of paths. It’s understood that in any journey a good roadmap is a must (with a nod to a GPS). How you put together and work your plan for your career change will greatly determine your end results.