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.

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 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 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.  

 

 

 

 

Jul 312011
 

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In almost every job change at 50 and job hunting at 50 and beyond you will have to go through a job interview. How well you perform will go a long way in determining if you make a successful job change. If you want to master any job interview is dependent on your level of job interview preparation.

Since you have years of work experience you may assume you have all the skills necessary to score in the job interview. Even if you have conducted dozens of interviews making this assumption can prove fatal to getting the desired job offer. If you want that new career after 50 you must plan and prepare for the job interview.

Job interview preparation means a higher level of confidence. It means you have researched the employer and the job and are prepared with a range of probing questions so you have a complete understanding of the job and if the job and employer are a good match for your interests and skills. Failure in this area could mean you may be in the job market in a few months because the interview failed to provide you with sufficient information so you could make a proper decision regarding the job offer.

To make the job change at 50 and even a career change at 50 your key to success is proper interview preparation. For more on this subject go to interview preparation. Start you job interview preparation with employer research.  Improving you communication skills will go a long way to improving your job interviewing skills.

Finally job hunting after 50 requires a higher level of job interviewing skills-learn how to turn you age and experience into a winning interview performance. Continue reading »

Jan 162011
 

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New Career After 50: more and more 50 somethings are finding new jobs and new careers. Some moves are forced by the economy, some by burn-out yet many are the result of careful career planning.

I read recently a statement that new careers should be almost a mirror of the old career-because they require little new education and the hiring manager does not have to make a creative or tough decision in making the hire. Some of this is true but if you want to find your passion the creative part is how well you build your career plan and how it dovetails into your financial plan.

To get you started in reading about others who assessed their employment (or lack of employment) situation, built a well thought out career plan, worked the plan, used patience, help from others and moved from a problem career into a job and career where they enjoy going to work every day.

Here’s their stories: go to http://careersafter50.com/ to learn how they did it and you can to.