Contemplating a career change at 50 is easier said than done, but there could be a solution at your finger tips
So, you’ve reached a critical point in your life when you are looking for new opportunities but you have found that it is not so easy changing careers at 50.
Recently, a fellow who lived near an airport at the end of a busy runway went into the airline HR department and asked to fill out an application for a job as a pilot. When asked his qualifications he said, “Well, I’ve watched thousands of planes land and take off and I’m sure I can do the job.”
If this sounds like you, it’s time to go back to the drawing board and do some serious career planning, because in reality finding something new is not as easy as you may think.
Qualifications and requirements for a career change at 50
Every career, except the most basic jobs, have the needed qualification and requirements. Some are easy to qualify for, but others like airline pilots take years of training and flying experience. If you are 55 years old and could pass the physical requirements, it would still take you five years to qualify for the entry-level pilot position, and the airlines have a mandatory age 60 retirement, so becoming a pilot would not be a logical career option for anyone over 50.
On the other hand if you are 55 and your desire is to be an attorney, and it requires three years of additional schooling and passing the bar exam, go for it. But depending on your pass career it requires the necessary financial planning to carry it off.
How then do you find the right the jobs for 50 year olds? Firstly, do a self-assessment of your interests, skills, what you enjoy and what you do not want to do.
Jobs for 50 year olds
Since you are thinking to change your career at 50 you mat be looking to shortcut through some of the job requirements, such as education for example, you may consider self-study or online learning to speed up the education qualification requirements.
Also, through volunteer work with nonprofit organizations you may find that many times you can gain valuable work experience that will translates well into meeting the job experience requirements.
Additionally your research will provide you with the salary ranges, promotional opportunities and the possible career grow.
All of this will now be reflected in your rewritten resume and cover letter. You will have a good start on preparation on good answers to tough job interview questions.
Planning a new career can be a time for reflection, to reassess your financial future and to find the right job in the right career for you. Hopefully, this short article will get you started in the right direction.
The reality it is not easy to want or even achieve a new career in later life so what can you do?
How do I make a career change at 50?
As for myself, I found the whole situation of working for someone and always trying to find a job was a hellish prospect. So, I made a decision, that rather than look toward a new career in the job market and become disappointed with the money or the work itself, I would make a change. I took the opportunity to look at what skills I already had and what I could learn quickly at home. Very quickly I realized that working from home and running my own business was the solution. I found that finding an online opportunity was easy and cheap and I was able to get started straight away and instantly I had found my new career.
I found for as little as 35$ I was able to purchase a fully functioning business with a free webshop, free back office and no monthly fee, so literally no outgoings, which was great for anyone who is just starting out. Three years on I am working about 4 hours a day and enjoying my new life with my wife and family, why I didn’t consider working for myself in the past I do not know but maybe there is a time and place for everything in life.
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