Aug 052013
 

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Uncertainty is all around us. A business or career we thought would stand the test of time becomes obsolete, sometimes is seems it happens so fast you are on the beach and the new career has sailed.

Recently in talking to a friend, who spent two years of college learning what he thought would be a long term career, suddenly found himself out of a job and a career.  After years of experience, which he though was valuable, it all became worthless in an instant when some new software transformed his education and experience into something that could be learned in a few days of study.

Here are some tips to keep you up to date in reinventing your career.

1. Keep your skills up to date. Know what is happening in your career and try to stay ahead of possible changes. Go to conference and seminars. Have a short but important list of blogs and websites that you read and review on a regular basis. Your after 50 career planning should also include a strong reading program.

2. Don’t neglect helping others in their career and personal challenges. Build your network. Your network can be a valuable source of information about new careers and new opportunities.

3. Periodically bring your resume up to date. New accomplishments and skills should be added to your resume. This exercise, in conjunction to your career planning, will keep you alert to how your skills might transfer to  new careers in both your current or an entirely new industry.

4. Adding new skills does not mean spending thousands to getting an advanced degree. Many times there are online learning opportunities that will allow you to learn similar skills, quicker and much cheaper.

5. Consider, in your after 50 career planning, adding another line of income. Often these efforts lead to new more satisfying careers. Learn how others started a small business and made the career change after 50.

A career change after 50 can be rewarding and a long term career solution. You have the experience to do the proper career planning, put this experience to good use and your after 50 career change can be the start of a rewarding  journey.

For a more complete review of career change planning go to http://careersafter50.com

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.

Jan 082012
 

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Last time we discussed the importance in your career change planning of generating a robust list of career options. Changing careers at 50 starts with this first step.

The next step is to consider the things you’re good at. You may be considering changing careers but what skills will you take with you to the new career?  By skills I don’t mean your degree or education but what are you really good at? What are your talents?

Are you good at project management? Are you a problem solver? What motivates you? Can you explain things to others? How about getting cooperation from others? What do others tell you what you’re good at? All of these talents, taken together will point you toward jobs that you would enjoy.

Changing careers at any age is rarely easy but if taken a step at a time can lead you to the right job in the right new career.

For ideas on finding that new career at 50, and other career change ideas after 50 go to http://careersafter50.com.  Find out the stories of what others after 50 did to plan and ultimately move into their new careers.

Jan 042012
 

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Successful career change after 50 revolves around one important fact. Rarely does a new career at 50 result in an improvement in your financial situation. On the contrary, many times you have to start on a lower rung on the financial ladder and work your way up to your previous level of compensation and benefits.

Therefore an important component to your career change plan is the level of financial freedom you enjoy. Financial freedom is required to assist in making a career change work at any age and particularly after age 50.

Changing careers takes time and planning. You not only have to select a new career that is compatible to your skills and interests but one that will generate planned financial freedom.

To often a career change takes place without careful consideration of the financial aspects of the change. Perhaps the pay is better but it is eaten up by a longer commute and a sub-par benefit package.  Or the new job pays less but you’re overly optimistic on the timing and amount of pay increases and promotions.

If the financial planning and resources are insufficient to close the money gap, that ideal new career and job could become a worse situation that the job you just left.

To get what you want out of a new career be sure your financial ducks are in order. Reduce your debt, add to your savings every month, pare you required monthly expenses and have a robust emergency fund.

So if you research a new career don’t forget the financial aspects of the career change. Since there is a career change ahead for many of us now is the time to take a careful look at our financial planning.

And your financial planning and the execution of the plan will generate more career change options. This in the final analysis will give you the resources to make a successful career change at 50 and beyond.

For a summary of what others have accomplished in changing careers at 50 you might be interested in their stories of effective career planning after 50. Moreover, our site also has a full range of career planning and job hunting resources.  

 

 

 

 

Jan 032012
 

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This job hunting mistake was not even on anyone’s radar 20 and maybe 10 years ago. But today it can mean the difference in finding the right job in a reasonable period of time, or having a job hunt that will drag on forever. And then when a job is offered it will not fit your career plan or it will be something you have no interest in doing. Of course the pay will be lousy in a less than favorable organization. Continue reading »

Oct 162011
 

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The question is “How do you effectively use your experience to change careers at     50?” Continue reading »

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 »

Jun 212011
 

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Changing Careers After 50

If you are over 50 it’s likely you have thought about changing careers. Millions of Americans when they reach midlife seem to be changing careers, and without some planning it can be a difficult journey. If your have a working career plan it can be an easier and less frustrating way to reach your career change goals.

Be realistic about your career goals. If you are over 50 your chance of becoming starting middle line backer for the Green Bay Packers is less than remote. However, there are plenty of support careers in Green Bay that will put you in the locker room and in Lambeau Field on Sunday. Clearly define and understand your limitations.


Changing careers after 50 and landing your dream job will not happen overnight. At times you’ll have to work in several jobs along a career path to acquire the necessary experience to qualify for your planned career. While you are being patient, does not mean you cannot begin walking in the footsteps of your planned career.
Here are 10 great tips to get your started on changing careers after 50:

  1. Take a close look at your financial situation. Will the new career mean a cut in pay? How long will it take, if ever, to replace the income of the old career? If there is going to be a pay cut start planning now to make the right financial changes, increase savings, pay off debt so you’ll be more financially comfortable when you do make the career change.
  2. Develop an informational interview. Talk to people already working in the career. You are not looking for a job at this point but information about the career, requirements, education, salaries, and career path are just some of the data required to open up additional research on the new career.
  3. Act as if you all ready have the desired career. Join and actively participate in career related associations. Read and study what experienced individuals do to remain up to speed on changes and new events in the career. Go to trade shows, seminars and workshops that those in you planned career attend. Network whenever possible. Put the title of the desired career on your business card.
  4. Through self-study and appropriate mentors get up to date on technical aspects of the career. If necessary, attend classes at area schools. Add the education to your resume and highlight your new skills in your resume cover letter.
  5. Make use of your entire personal network. Add to your network by searching Linkedin and other social networking sites. Work through your alumni association and area career associations in your planned career field. Plan all your contacts, follow-up on all referrals and your networking can be an asset in you career change.
  6. Write out your career plans. Have a periodic meeting with yourself on your progress. Tell others about your plans and enlist their help in making your career change happen.
  7. Be flexible in moving into your new career after 50. Perhaps working as a temp or a contractor would be a good first choice. Develop and look for options.
  8. Keep your resume up to date. As you complete relevant study update your resume. Emphasize your experience and accomplishments as they match the new career job requirements.
  9. Attitude is everything. Read appropriate books to keep you in a positive state of mind. Associate with others with the same positive attitude.
  10. Add exercise and diet components to your career plan. It will build on your confidence and reduce stress; you will come across in your job interviews as engaged and physically fit. Two factors that work strongly against the over 50 stereotype.

So here are 10 tips that you can start working on right now to make a planned career change after 50. Don’t let your age hold you back. Your dream career and job is out there isn’t now the time you found it?

For more about career planning at 50 our web site has a wealth of information. Go to http://careersafter50.com

Jun 152011
 

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Career Planning After 50 Can Yield Many Benefits!

Career planning seems to make so much sense that it’s a wonder that everyone is not doing it. After 50 career planning is even more important as the payoff in your career and your income can be huge. Continue reading »