Do you need a career change?

“Celebrating another birthday doesn’t mean you’re stuck in a line of work you chose decades earlier. Age and experience can be assets in a new field.”

 Daniel Bukszpan

Change1From Finding Work You Love

If you have passion for what you do, your day will not seem like work at all. But what if you don’t have that passion anymore? If you’re bored, burned-out, or your job just isn’t doing it for you anymore, there’s a good chance you’re ready for a change.

Older generations likely worked in one job or industry for their entire career and then retired. Changing careers was frowned upon. The millenniums, X, Y, and boomer generations are different. They will change-it-up when feeling discontented, bored or “been there, done that.” It is not unusual for these generations to undergo two-three-four re-careers — or reinventions over the course of one’s working life.

If you’re certain that you are ready to embark on a career change, this is what you need to think about:

What do I want?

Start by doing a self-assessment of your core values, how you like to work, and what you’d be compelled to do even if you never got paid. List the achievements of which you are most proud. These are not necessarily job-oriented achievements. List your causes and your hobbies, as well. When you do something that makes you proud, it is often something you like to do. Your list gives you a good idea of your skill sets and interests.

Do I have what it takes?

You need to know what is important in this new field, and what skills and experience are required. Then you need to figure out if you’ve got what it takes. Take stock of your intrinsic assets. We all have a unique combination of assets such as our personality, skill sets, abilities, and experiences.

People with some gray in their hair may be apprehensive about what’s out there. Will they be written off because of ageism? Will they have to take a big step down in salary? Will they find anything stimulating?

“If you’re 50 or 60, you have built up very valuable skills,” said Newport, who is in his early ‘30s and an assistant professor of computer science at Georgetown University. “Don’t discount them.” When you’re plotting your next career move, “work backwards from your skills. Ask yourself: What skills do I have and how rare and valuable are they? The intersection of your rare skills and what interests you is what should start your job hunt, not introspection about what you’re ‘meant to do.’”

Older adults bring qualities to the table that make them well-suited to diverse jobs in different sectors. Many startup companies are looking for experienced people. In fact, many startup companies are being launched by people over 50 who have developed business ideas based on their experiences in the field.

Is this career a good fit?

Make an effort to learn as much as you can about job prospects, work-life balance, salary estimates and required skills.

(Adapted from
How To Start Thinking About A Career Change
The Career Tip To Follow Your Passion: Is It Bunk? )

Work-Life-BalanceFrom 5 Keys to Successfully Maintaining a Healthy Work-Life Balance

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14 thoughts on “Do you need a career change?

  1. The question of what do you want has haunted me most of my life. My son asked me that question tonight. My answer is I don’t know other than that I like my life at the moment. I like the possibilities that are opening up for me both personally and externally.
    Unlike Steve Jobs I have not been given a finite period of life to live.I have a lot of it, I hope stretching out before me which I intend to explore.
    I have been fortunate as you know to have had a job that is satisfying and fulfilling. Good post O.

    • Otrazhenie says:

      It took me decades to learn to live in the moment, enjoying it, without regretting the past and worrying about the future. Glad that you liked this post.

      • Thank you lucky for me I like every post, as you can tell by my extensive responses. Living in the moment is a skill I agree, not everyone can do it. Great that you think you can. See ya.

      • Otrazhenie says:

        Oh, I would not say ‘I can’ for sure. I think, I’m still getting there really – it is an ongoing process, as both the past and the future are always trying to get on the way 🙂

      • Yes funny how that happens to us so often. But its the fun of knowing you can try and try again that keeps us going.

  2. Cris says:

    Thanks. I appreciate that.

  3. glenn says:

    Thank you for an inspiring post.
    While I am not now and will never be anything similar to Steve Jobs I have in my sobriety slowly but certainly learned to act as he detailed in the video you posted. I had cheated death through years of substance abuse and know that making the most of what I have now is crucial to fulfillment in my work, career, hobbies, relationships etc…
    Thank you again and happy holidays to you.

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