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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15th Mar 2018
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I just came across this site. I was made redundant at the end of 2016. Been looking for a job since with plenty of interviews and no offers. Now running out of savings ideas and mental strength. I need to find something soon. It is time to start looking at alternative careers. Struggling to know where to go from here.
10th Mar 2018
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Hiya All, yet another Newbie!!!!!

I too am working for the NHS, as I noticed many here are like me, in NHS and seeking a new direction in their life, as am I.

Working nights, i just want out of it. Yeah some normality back into my life too. Ideally would like to decide on the hours i want to do, rather than being told i have to work set hours.

Illook forward to what this site can offer, ideally it's a bit more than a cup of coffee and a couple of biscuits...

Cheers for now!
15th Jan 2018
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Hello Everyone, I`m a newbie to this site too, I currently work for the NHS Ambulance service and at the ripe old age of 50 and 16 years experience, i now feel its time for a career change. I would like to go back to regular hours now, not shift work any longer. Call me old fashioned but i want my life back. I think having experienced so many different types of situations being life threatening or not i would like some normality back. I am interested in office work again but having done a manual job for so long, i do not really have any computer skills or the gcse`s or degrees most companies want. Any suggestions greatly received.
18th Jan 2018
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Sounds like me my friend. Nearly 25 years frontline and I have had enough of shift work, of getting up at 05:00 and working through until 20:00 (when I should finish at 18:30).

I want my life back before it kills me. I have had several work related injuries and it is now impacting on my life. Sad really as I love being a paramedic, but it comes with a cost that most people don't realise.
15th Dec 2017
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I have been self employed for the past 20 years... as a web and graphic designer... it's been great to work from home but hard work for what I was earning. At the age of 50 everything changed... I stumbled into a new career purely by chance. I was looking for a new product to e-commerce and instead, found an amazing career in Direct Sales. You could have never ever convinced me to do this... but 3 years later I am making more money than I ever have in my life. It's not too late to start over or find that dream job. We are no longer in debt (other than a small mortgage). We travel when we want. I've earned trips and a car... and multiple awards. Seriously, I did not see this in my future at all. Don't give up. You can do anything you want to do. I work with a team of ladies that are mostly 40 to 60. Pretty amazing. We're making new friends and having fun together to boot!
4th Dec 2017
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I am finding it hard to find employment after losing my job as a Carer after fourteen years. l am so fed up with doing different courses that give me certification at the end of it , but no experience in the field l study for. It seems as l have no real fight in me left, as all the Jobs l apply for and pass the interview, saying l got the job,want more than two references, l cannot supply more than one,as all the people l worked with were unfairly dismissed like me or left or passed away, and have lost contact as l had to downsize and move to another area for financial reasons.
Rolling Stone
4th Nov 2017
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Hi everyone,
I'm 50 and hate my job, I'm working as a support worker for woman escaping domestic violence, I used to work for the probation service working with offenders over a 20 year period but I was made redundant in 2015 and I must say I was treated disgustingly but that's another story, I find myself stuck in a job I have no heart for I'm just ticking boxes and tolerating things I should have to tolerate at all, I want to retrain but I don't know where to start looking or what I want to train as , it seems everything is targeted towards younger people when it comes to training, I don't know I'm kinda lost right now and it's getting me down , any ideas anyone ? Thanks .
31st Jan 2018
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It may make you feel slightly better that reading your post was like reading my own ! I am in exactly the same situation having had the same career and experiences and the same age. I feel the same way .... lost and unsure what road to go down even though i know i have a lot to offer. Problem when looking for work is that due to the skill set, you are only ever going to be able to apply for the jobs you now hate so a complete rethink is the only option, though very scary at our age.
23rd Oct 2017
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Hi everyone.
Just sick of teaching
I am 46 and have been a middle manager go 5 years.
The changes in education now are ridiculous, or am I just getting long in the tooth.
S still enjoying the classroom but that's about all. All the other stuff linked to running a large department is just bureaucratic nonsense and meeting after meeting. Totally dull and uninspiring.
Anyone got any ideas if I said I still wanted to earn the same
18th Oct 2017
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Hi everyone
I am a newbie to this site. I have a number of health issues and need a change of career.
I have a degree and an NVQ level 2 and 3. I need something quiet as I get tired really easily. I am 56 years old. Any ideas welcome
27th Sep 2017
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New to the site. I'm a 47 yr old fire fighter. I know, most say it's a job to finish a career with. But I'm ready for a change, but don't know how to begin to look.
4th Jun 2018
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Have you looked for subject inspiration at your local college? Most colleges do adult education courses for career changers.
7th Aug 2017
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I am a big believer in the saying that it's never too late. That said, it has taken me until this year (55 last Saturday!) to make the change. I was in corporate life for nearly four decades and had really started to be fed up and frankly bored with the whole thing, but the money was very good. I finally took the plunge and left that world at the end of May and have since been studying. Having been involved in talent and development for most of my career, I realised that what I love and am quite good at is helping others to change and develop. I am now a leadership, career and personal coach and I am so much happier doing something that I really enjoy at last!
22nd Jul 2017
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I am new on here and need help in making a decision I am 53 and woutdoor like to retrain either as a social worker or lecturer. Am I to old to either of these.
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You are definitely not too old to become a social worker. My husband switched careers at 53 and became a social worker with my help. I have 30 years of experience in that field. There are a number of online MSW programs to choose from. Do you already have a bachelors degree in another field? Have you done any human service volunteering? Email me if you would like some suggestions!
31st Jan 2018
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just read your thread regards retraining as a social worker. I am 49 and been out of work for 18 months after working with offenders for 15yrs. I am interested in putting this experience to good use and social work seems the logical route though it seems that i now need a maths gcse ( i have the old cse grade 2) to get on a uni course which i find a nonsense considering my experience.
I would really appreciate any guidance if possible.

18th Jul 2017
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Hi. New here & looking for right direction in finding a first career at 50 rather than a second.
Went to university at 18, but nothing came of it. Took IT certification but only manage minimum wage jobs where I lose the skills I had.
Now I don't know where to turn. Any ideas?
Alan S
9th Jul 2017
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Hi everyone. I'm a 51 year old man. Worked in the NHS as a lab manager for many years. Feel it's time for a change. Recently attended a systems management conference and realized how bored I am in my current job. The money is good but the job for various reasons no longer inspires me. Any advice welcome!
16th Jun 2017
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new to Silversurfer's looking forward to some chats
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.
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
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 ?
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!
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.
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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