DRIVING CAREER CHANGE FOR OLDER WORKERS

Is it ever too late to transition to a new career? We don’t think so. If you are thinking about transitioning, statistics are on your side, even if you are over the age of 45! A recent American Institute for Economic Research study revealed that 82% over 45 were successful in a new career transition. Shifting a career path does not have to be as difficult as one may think; here are some helpful hints:

  1. “Set your sights” on what’s around you.

Not sure if you’re in the right place? Look around. The internet provides a plethora of employment opportunities (just check out ZipRecruiter, Indeed, to name a few) or head out to an employment agency. Once you write your skills down, discuss them with an employment professional. They will help you match your skill set to the career(s) you are most suited to. Be sure to list “training opps”, transferrable and any personal skills you may have. Think about every volunteer and paid position you have ever had. You may be surprised at how long your list will be.

  1. Discover what you are passionate about.

Many times, by thinking about what we have loved to do in the past, you can discover things you are passionate about, even if it was an experience in childhood. For example, if your favorite thing to do as a child was to orchestrate a puppet show, you may discover these skills and attributes:

  • Making tickets and invitations - administration
  • Writing the script– creativity
  • Building the set – craftsmanship and assembly
  • Directing the play – leadership

Ask yourself what subject you would talk to someone about late into the night. You might just be passionate about that topic. Once you discover your passion, then marry your passion to your skills. The result is fulfillment.

  1. Believe you can.

Half of our barrier to changing careers is fear. Ask yourself what you would do if you weren’t afraid you would fail.  A career change can seem daunting, but by having a positive mindset, staying within an area in which you are passionate, you are headed for success. It makes all the difference in the world.

Remember, you are in the driver’s seat of your life and career. If are going west…you can instead choose to drive east. It’s your prerogative…your opportunity to change your direction and in doing so, change your future.

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