The New Norm—Career Change After 50

June 1, 2013

ID-10077722In decades past, many people stayed in the same career, and often the same job, for virtually all of their working lives. However, times have changed. In recent years, Dale Carnegie Training of Alabama has served more and more people over the age of 50 that are looking to remain in the workforce or change careers.

A number of factors contribute to the increased numbers of people aged 50 and above who are seeking to change careers. One of the biggest factors, of course, is the sheer size of that age group. The “Baby Boomer” generation aren’t babies any more. They are now in the 50 plus age group and account for a larger percentage of the workforce than ever before.

Additionally, with modern advances in medical technology people tend to stay healthier and live longer than those of generations past. Consequently, they tend to stay active in the workplace. This fact—combined with fears about depleted social security benefits and diminished employer-sponsored pension plans—has resulted in people continuing to stay in the workforce for longer periods of time than ever before.

Just because people are working longer, however, does not mean that they are staying in the same career. People’s interests, abilities, and financial requirements change as they age, and trigger the desire for people 50 and over to change careers.

Even those who are able to retire comfortably often find that they are bored without a career to occupy their minds and their time. Some retirees find that they actually need to continue to earn income to sustain the lifestyle they want to have throughout retirement and choose to re-enter the workforce into occupations similar to the ones they held previously.

The good news for those seeking a midlife career change is that opportunities abound and Dale Carnegie provides the training needed to find and secure the type of employment that you desire. In fact, many companies actively recruit older workers, and there are many occupations that lend themselves very well to those who are in the 50 plus age group.

When preparing to make a career change after 50, consider what it is that you really want from your new career and stick with something that you will enjoy doing. And remember, it’s never too late to acquire new skills and to pursue a career change in an occupation that will be both financially and personally rewarding…no matter what age you are.

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