Have you found yourself stuck in a career that you no longer have any passion for?
Are you ready for a new challenge? Your professional life doesn’t have to go into decline just because you’re over 50. In fact, you can take advantage of your age to create a turning point that will leave you feeling energised and ready to make use of all of your years of experience in the workplace.
Explore some of the best career changes for over the 50s and see if there’s one that inspires you to make a big change.
Starting a second career
There are some professions that are better suited to a late start than others. Ideally, you want to choose a new career path that will allow you to utilise some of the skills you’ve already honed and that doesn’t require several years of study. MNS Money has put together a list of 10 different jobs that take these factors into consideration. It suggests making the most of your experience by becoming a career coach, seeing some more of the world as a tour guide or unleashing your creativity as a ghost-writer.
Chron has also chosen a few of the best professions to consider when you’re looking for a second career. Its top picks include a career in the fine arts or entering home health care. Many people find that when they’re looking for a change in career, they have different priorities to the ones they had when they first entered the job market. This means that philanthropic or community-based roles tend to be particularly popular, offering a rewarding experience as well as financial benefits.
Best jobs for over 50s
For some advice about the financial and practical impact of changing your career, be sure to have a read of this interesting article about second careers from Monster. There’s also some very useful advice available from Moneywise. Its guide to switching careers discusses the more accessible professions to consider and offers a breakdown of the kind of salaries you might be able to expect.
If you’re feeling worried about the thought of retraining to start a second career, there’s an article about employment over 50 in The Telegraph that you might find useful. It discusses the various challenges you might face as well as explaining that the current job market is changing and that there is a large number of people in their 50s who are signing up for apprentice schemes and looking for alternative careers. Retraining can be an excellent way to reaffirm your usefulness and introduce you to talents you never knew you had.
Forbes also has an excellent article that focuses specifically on how women can reinvent their careers when they’re over 50, which has some inspiring real life examples. Don’t look at the next decade or two of work with dread, find a new career that will make it much easier for you to get up in the morning and look forward to the day ahead.
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