Changing Career After 50 Ė What You Must Know!
by David McDermott
If youíve heard of the ďThe ApprenticeĒ, the NBC show hosted, written, and produced by Donald Trump, involving entrepreneurs competing for a chance to land the ultimate job, you might have also heard of a law suit that was filed against him, by a Richard J. Hewett, a rejected applicant claiming he was turned away because of age discrimination.
Changing your career at any age can be a scary and stressful situation, but making a career change after 50 can leave you dealing with an entirely new set of issues. Not only do you consider age discrimination, but you think about having to learn new job duties, your physical capabilities, keeping up with the younger employees, and whether this job change is in your best interests at this time of your life.
If youíre thinking about making a career change after 50, here are some things you must know.
Assessment- Make an assessment of your life and the things that truly make you happy.
Do not Rush- Youíve made it this far so donít rush into the first job that comes along. The grass is not always greener on the other side. Consider all your options.
Career Counseling- Talk to a career counselor. You donít want to change your entire life if youíre going through a mid-life crisis. Talking to a career counselor can help you make good choices whether you need a new career or just a life change.
Money doesnít buy Happiness- Donít change your career to make more money if itís not a job you can be happy with. Money doesnít make you happy. Choose a career that provides you with an income youíre comfortable with and allows you to enjoy your job.
Skills- When youíre in your 50ís itís not unusual to realize the importance of making the most of your skills and knowledge. While this is something anyone with a job thinks about, as you get older you might want to also consider fulfilling your mental or spiritual needs.
Donít be Afraid- Changing careers is a stressful time no matter what anyone says. Ask your family and friends for support when you need it.
Possibilities- Do a reality check. Set goals that you can achieve and are obtainable. Donít confuse your dreams with reality.
Resentment- Donít resent your younger co-workers. You were once in their shoes. They need you just as much as you need them!
Contacts- Donít be afraid to use old contacts when youíre thinking about making the big change. They might have some helpful information you can use.
Alternatives- Maybe full-time work is not for you. Look at other alternatives such as volunteering, temp-work, consulting, part-time work, or maybe a combination of these.
Keep in Shape- As you get older it is most important that you stay healthy and fit, both mentally and physically. Make sure you maintain a positive outlook on life. Wisdom and health is a powerful combination!
Go with the Flow- As you get older itís not always easy to agree with the younger generation. Learn not to be a stick in the mud. Times have changed and you need to be flexible.
Making a career change after 50 is not always easy, but it is possible. With a little persistence, a healthy and positive attitude, and the support of family and friends, you can change your career and continue having a productive and enjoyable life.
Dr David McDermott walked away from a career as a plastic surgeon where he was helping people change on the outside. He now teaches profound personal change from the inside out, using the ultimate decision making model, you're own! Find out more at http://www.decision-making-confidence.com.
David McDermott may be contacted at http://www.decision-making-confidence.com