Changing career at 50 plus

By Denise Taylor

Changing career might be something you have to do in the wake of redundancy or you may actively be seeking something new, not wanting to spend five, ten or more years in a job that bores you. If you already have a job, friends and family may consider you foolhardy, but we aren't all winding down to retirement.
BusinesswomanIt's important to update your skills if changing jobs

Already decided you want to change career? Read our guide to job hunting for the over 50s.

Seven areas to consider before making a change:

1. Know your skills

Don't feel constrained by your CV. Unpick it and see all the underlying skills - and not just those gained from work. What about the ones gained from home, hobbies and other interests? A skills-based CV makes it easier to include our wider experience.

 

2. Understand what is important

Not everyone is seeking the highest possible salary, and if your children have left home and with mortgage paid off, salary might not be the key reason for taking a job. Think about what is important and what you truly value, so your career fits in with your values. 

 

3. Put yourself first

Once our children have grown up and left home, we have more time and energy to make decisions on the basis of what we want, not what others want. A positive spin-off is that when our children and friends see us take bold decisions, it might encourage them to do so too.

 

4. Being mature is a plus

So much in the media worships the cult of youth, but as we get older we have much more experience, can often stay calm when dealing with problems and can draw on our knowledge. This means that we are less likely to be affected by setbacks. We know we have come through these before and will be able to do so again.

 

Read on for more advice on changing your career after you turn 50...

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Changing career at 50 plus

Changing career might be something you have to do in the wake of redundancy or you may actively be seeking something new, not wanting to spend five, ten or more years in a job that bores you. If you already have a job, friends and family may consider you foolhardy, but we aren't all winding down to retirement.