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The After-50 Career Change

The After-50 Career Change

James Gonyea, Monster Contributing Writer

Before turning 50, I couldn’t figure out why so many people who reached that milestone made such a big deal of the event. Now that I’m safely past 50, I understand.

If there’s a single word that describes the difference in my life since I turned 50, it’s “adjustment.” It seems I’m constantly making adjustments of one sort or another and faster than I ever did when I was younger. It takes me more time to do certain tasks, and I’m not as fast at recalling important names or events. So, to continue enjoying a rewarding life, I’ve had to learn how to adapt to my advancing age.

As a career counselor, I’ve noticed that successful career changing for the over-50 group requires a variety of adjustments. The following thoughts have proved helpful to my older clients:

Know Yourself

Explore your personality and what you need to be happy. This information is key to making good career decisions.

Take Time to Think

Chances are you’ve had little free time or the inclination over the last 20 to 30 years to take stock of your life. To avoid the “I wish I had or had not…” syndrome that happens to so many older people, take time now to determine what you want to do with your years ahead.

Seek Professional Help

Note how good you are at your own career. No doubt you’ll agree that your experience can be a great asset to less-experienced colleagues. Now try to understand how much you might gain from seeking help from others, such as career counselors who are experienced in helping people find the right career.

It’s Not About the Money

Yes, you still need a decent income to afford life’s necessities and luxuries. But you should also focus on personal satisfaction, developing your talents and contributing to society.


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