Career Change
After 50

Our changing world...

There may be many reasons why someone considers a career change after 50. Whatever the reason, it's a useful opportunity to reconsider your situation. Life may be the longest project you'll ever be personally involved in, and at the same time, there is not an infinite amount of time available.

Typically around this age, people consider their achievements to date, whether things have been going according to plan or not, and where to go from here.

Time to reassess

Whether you're in a position where you are being forced into a change career after 50, or are thinking about doing this voluntarily, there are some things that are useful to consider:
  • How have things been for you personally?
  • Have you had the life that you have wanted?
  • Have you been doing the things that please you?
  • Do you have a sense of happiness and satisfaction about your life up to now?
  • Are there things that you would change if you had the chance?
  • How would you like the rest of your life to be?

Are you going

When people consider this last question, the answer is typically based on the past. They consider the skills and abilities they already have and create a future scenario based on what has already been. And then they wonder why their life does not seem much different!

How to go forward

What about another way of considering a career change after 50? What if you first ask the question 'Who have I become?' or 'Who am I right now?'

And then ask 'What would such a person be doing...?' or 'If this is who I am right now, what would I like to be doing?'

What if you then take this information and use it for decision making in order to create the future that will be the rest of your life. Because doing this allows you to create the life that you really want to be living. A life that would allow you to be happy, fulfilled and satisfied.

And yet, unless a person does precisely this, any change of career after 50 is likely to replicate the past. The same results then follow, and people wonder why their lives are no different, despite the fact of having changed jobs.

If you're thinking of a career change after 50, there are some things you need to consider before you even make such a decision.

What are you waiting for?

If you have spent much of your life waiting for the next stage for things to get better, and you have never quite got to the next stage, now is the time to do something about it.

Simply doing different things may not be enough. A career change after 50 may simply be just that. A career change. Your life may be no different.

You may need to re-evaluate how and what you think about yourself so that you actually get to live your life differently.

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