Jan 062012
 

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In finding a new career at 50 the first step is critical.

New Career at 50-The First Step in a Successful Career Change

Now is the time to expand your thinking. If you want to be an ocean fishing guide or open you own business add them to your list. Make sure your list of possible careers includes ones that you thing you’ll enjoy not just the ones you think you can do. Career ideas are everywhere. When looking to changing careers at 50, as you find new information you can always pare down your list.

Now you can begin your research. Find out how others found ideas about their careers? Look for others who are currently working in the planned career. Interview them on what they like about the career, what they don’t like and what a they do in a typical day or week.

What skills and experience are required? Need more education-start a program of self-study. Find a mentor. Keep a log on your research and activities in finding the new career.

A career change at 50 starts with the first step. Get started, use your research skills, be flexible and before you know it you’ll have several great new careers to consider in making your after 50 career change.

To learn more how others at age 50 and beyond researched and planned their into great new careers.  Go now to career planning after 50 and find out how others like you made a successful career change.

 

Nov 012011
 

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You are 50 and beyond, perhaps you’ve been looking for a job for awhile with little luck, you see yourself changing careers at 50. Maybe you see your current career coming to a dead end and wonder what you’ll be doing. You are too early to retire and perhaps your retirement planning has not been as robust as it could be. Here’s a thought on reinventing yourself and perhaps finding a productive new career. 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 »

Jun 132011
 

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Changing careers happens to almost all of us. In a midlife career change one of the difficulties in finding the right route to take because of the depth of your background and experience. Many of your skills are transferable to long list of jobs and careers.

Continue reading »

Mar 282011
 

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It’s been said that many of us spend more time planning out vacation than planning our future. This was really brought home to me recently when a neighbor and his wife were going on a cruise. Almost daily when I was out walking my dog he would regail me with some new wrinkle he discovered in the cruise intneary. Continue reading »

Feb 252011
 

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Careers after 50 and stories of successful career planning-leading to career goals through planned career changes.

Here are eight stories of over 50 career change planners that build detailed career plans, worked their plans and either found their dream career or are well on their way to qualifying for their planned career. Continue reading »

Feb 232011
 

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Career change planning at 50-serendipity, fate, chance, dumb luck or do you have a career plan to move you to your dream career and perhaps take chance out of the equation?

Planning career change after 50 in tough enough so how about adding some dumb luck to the process? We all know people that seem to have good things constantly happen to them. A business opportunity, a promotion, finding money on the street or a new job just seems to come into their lives by chance.

What is it chance or luck? Or is it perhaps something else that you can prepare and plan for and have some measure of controlling the outcome? Continue reading »