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Best over 50 career changes

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. Chron has put together a list of some 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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Brumac
16th Jun 2017
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new to Silversurfer's looking forward to some chats
LARIUS66
13th Jun 2017
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Hello everyone, I'm a 51 year old man. I've been in the care industry for 30+ years with children, elderly and adults with learning disabilities. I've for the last two years had some health issues and quite frankly I'm exhausted. I have excellent communication skills and can deal with people in all situations and from all backgrounds. My formal qualifications are few apart from an NVQ3 In the care of people with learning disabilities and welfare . I really need a change to something less physically demanding and away from shift work. Grateful for any pointers.
Edved61
6th Jun 2017
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Hi there, I am a 55 yr old woman, currently working in the NHS. I am looking to change career. My previous career was in London working in the Music Industry as a PA, which I loved. I would love to do something similar, but I'm a bit concerned I may be past it? Would love to hear from anyone who works in that industry, to get advice.

Many thanks
KarenJ4
18th May 2017
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Hi I'm 55 and have recently found myself out of work. Having spent most of my adult life in the cleaning industry I would like to train to be a trainer, but nobody seems to be able to put me on the right track. Also cost is a worry as I don't have any income right now. Any ideas lovely people ?
Bazwade
30th May 2017
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As a teacher myself I would recommend you drop in to your local adult education college and ask there. These days you'll need a teaching qualification which can often be done in parallel with your new job, PTLLs (preparing to teach in life-ling learning) is a good start, many college will do this and can explain. Next you'll need a DBS (criminal records check) which is usually done by your new employer or the college. Choose to pay the annual subscription (do it at at the application stage) then it becomes portable and yours. If you are not going to train in your current in your current trade you may also need to train for you new skill. I changed from the motor industry to teaching ESOL English. It's a steep learning curve and hard work but 10 years down the line it was worth it. Good luck!
DianeR8
5th May 2017
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Im a single mum of two 13 year olds, I work 34 hours a week, and Im 52. I really want to the opportunity to retrain and take accredited courses along side my work. I would like to move into the holistic and NLP area, but I can't seen to find any financial help towards to the courses, is there anything about for over 50 females. thank you.
beentheredoneit63
1st Mar 2017
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hi. a newbie. i need advice on a career change fromthe plumbing/bathroom industry to something less cut-throat. ANY ideas welcome.

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