Aug 052013
 

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Uncertainty is all around us. A business or career we thought would stand the test of time becomes obsolete, sometimes is seems it happens so fast you are on the beach and the new career has sailed.

Recently in talking to a friend, who spent two years of college learning what he thought would be a long term career, suddenly found himself out of a job and a career.  After years of experience, which he though was valuable, it all became worthless in an instant when some new software transformed his education and experience into something that could be learned in a few days of study.

Here are some tips to keep you up to date in reinventing your career.

1. Keep your skills up to date. Know what is happening in your career and try to stay ahead of possible changes. Go to conference and seminars. Have a short but important list of blogs and websites that you read and review on a regular basis. Your after 50 career planning should also include a strong reading program.

2. Don’t neglect helping others in their career and personal challenges. Build your network. Your network can be a valuable source of information about new careers and new opportunities.

3. Periodically bring your resume up to date. New accomplishments and skills should be added to your resume. This exercise, in conjunction to your career planning, will keep you alert to how your skills might transfer to  new careers in both your current or an entirely new industry.

4. Adding new skills does not mean spending thousands to getting an advanced degree. Many times there are online learning opportunities that will allow you to learn similar skills, quicker and much cheaper.

5. Consider, in your after 50 career planning, adding another line of income. Often these efforts lead to new more satisfying careers. Learn how others started a small business and made the career change after 50.

A career change after 50 can be rewarding and a long term career solution. You have the experience to do the proper career planning, put this experience to good use and your after 50 career change can be the start of a rewarding  journey.

For a more complete review of career change planning go to http://careersafter50.com

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 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 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.

 

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.  

 

 

 

 

Jan 032012
 

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This job hunting mistake was not even on anyone’s radar 20 and maybe 10 years ago. But today it can mean the difference in finding the right job in a reasonable period of time, or having a job hunt that will drag on forever. And then when a job is offered it will not fit your career plan or it will be something you have no interest in doing. Of course the pay will be lousy in a less than favorable organization. Continue reading »

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 »