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 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 152011
 

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Careers after 50: Do you need to update your career? In a dead end job? In an industry where you see a bleak future? Maybe it’s time to take stock of your interests, your experience and your future.

Now may be the time to build a new career plan. How about a new career? A new beginning? It all starts with an analysis of where your are currently and where you want to be. If it’s a new career, how do you go about building a plan for a new career after 50?

We discuss a step-by-step approach, with examples of people just like you that made a successful mid-life career change. You’ll find it all at http://careersafter50.com. Need help getting started we have discussion on how to explore for the new career and build the right career plan after 50.

Jan 132011
 

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Career Change After 50: You’ve worked for many years in one job and one career. Now the run comes to an end. Are you looking for a new career, a new employer and new job?

There has been a lot of exciting changes in job hunting over the last 15 years. Social media, the internet, career research all have changed for the better. But you have to get plugged in.

We are here to help, first look over our site http://careersafter50.com where you’ll find a wealth of information to get you started. In addition, career change after 50 can be a longer journey if you don’t take advantage of the all that is available. Here’s to a relatively quick and successful job hunt and career change.