Mar 262012
 

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You are 50 or over and for whatever reason you believe it’s time to change careers. Career change planning can be daunting, but here is an outline to help you get started in your career change planning at 50 and beyond.

Yes, you need to research other careers. You need to talk to and interview others working in the desired career. But the #1 action you need to take is to start acting as if you already have a job in the planned new career. Here’s how you make the first step happen.

What books, magazines, web sites and blogs do those in the new career read on a daily basis? Start now and make it a daily habit. If you don’t understand something, do some more research. If you have some productive comment to make on a blog put it out there.

What workshops and seminars do those in your planned new career attend? Make plans now go to the same events. Polish your networking skills and put them to good use.

What organizations do members of your new career belong to? Become an active member in the organization. Volunteer to assist on committees. Help others whenever you can. Here’s another opportunity to learn more about the new career and to leverage your opportunities to network.

Do you see a trend here? Career change after 50 can be difficult but if you take this route you’ll find out early on if the career that looks so promising is really the right on for you. If it isn’t, your research will have uncovered other career possibilities.

You’ll find how to gain additional valuable career related experience. How to learn desired skills. All to increase your qualification for your planned new career.

Isn’t now the time to get started?

For more detailed career change information go to career change planning or our  website http://careersafter50.com.

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 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.

 

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 »

Jan 192011
 

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One of the most important strategies in changing careers after 50 is the proper use of the informational interview. To start with it is not an interview for a job. You are not using the interview to find a job, however if used right it may lead to a career opportunity. Continue reading »