Feb 162012
 

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One little known tip in changing careers after 50 (and if you think about it, really at any age)  is to dip your toe into the new career and job before you commit to making the career change.

Your research should uncover the nuts and bolts of the new career. You should have a good idea what training you might need, what skills are required to be a successful candidate for the job in your new career. It’s also a good idea to talk to others doing the job.

Go through your network and you’re likely to find someone currently working in your planned new career field. Find out the good the bad and the ugly. Learn what routine and repetitive tasks will be required. It’s important to find out the career ladder and the possibilities for advancement.

Many in changing careers have tried the new career part-time, or worked as a temporary employee. This approach will give you a good feel for the new career and can be a valuable addition to your resume. Another valuable approach is to shadow someone, for a day or two, who currently works in the job and career you are planning to enter.

Learn how others at age 50 and beyond, planned career change, changed careers and found jobs in their new career.

 

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.

Oct 162011
 

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