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The After-50 Career Change

The After-50 Career Change

James Gonyea, Monster Contributing Writer

Self-Actualization

It’s common to hear people in the 50-plus group talk about how important it is to maximize the development of their knowledge and skills. Mastering one’s own craft is the normal goal for most workers, either for its own sake or spiritual reasons.

Deal with the Fear

Change is never without stress and anxiety. Talk to your spouse, children, friends, relatives and colleagues about the changes you’re going through, and seek their assistance and support.

Be Realistic About What You Can Do

Put away your dreams about becoming the oldest president of the United States. Set realistic goals, and enjoy the success and rewards that can come from achieving them.

Don’t Hate Them Because They’re Younger

Remember when you were young, how excited you were to be part of the action and how great it was when someone older helped you along? Now it’s your turn to team up with younger people. They need your help, and you need them, too.

Use Your Network

Refer to the friends, colleagues, relatives and acquaintances you’ve acquired over your lifetime for information and assistance when planning your after-50 career.

Consider All Options

Don’t limit your thinking to only full-time employment. Consider consulting, volunteering, part-time work, temp work and self-employment as viable career options. A combination of several of the above may be the best option for realizing your financial goals.


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