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Feb. 20, 2023

Fifty Years Old: Is It Late to Start A New Career?

Fifty Years Old: Is It Late to Start A New Career?

The older you get, the more your career opportunities appear to diminish. You might have an established career now, and the idea of carving out time to start a new career can seem daunting. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. 

The secret to starting a new career now is to find an occupation that you are passionate about it. If you have a deep desire and appreciation for your new career, you’re more likely to succeed. Make sure to consider the type of career that will make you happy. If you are not happy with your new profession, it will be difficult for you to stick around and succeed.

Take a self-assessment to determine if you have the necessary skills for the new career you want to start. If you don't have the skills at this time, consider taking classes or getting further education and/or certifications to strengthen your knowledge and your resume. More importantly, make sure that you are zealous about the work that you want to do. If you are uninspired about the work, you will likely find it difficult to succeed at a level that you would if you were doing the thing you love. I can tell you from experience that this is very true.

So, if you are inclined to start a new career, here is a short list of things you should think about:

- Consider what your skills are and what you can bring to the table
- Consider what your strengths are and how they can be applied to your new career  
- Consider what you’re passionate about and enjoy doing
- Consider what your values are and your long-term goals

When you can answer all the above “consider” thoughts, it will aid you in determining the best-suited “new” career you should start. Lastly, take the time to examine the following:

- How much money you can make
- How much do you enjoy doing the job
- What the job market is like
- What the job market will be like in the future
- The potential for advancement

These are just a few things you should include and address before starting your new career.

Every year, the workforce changes. Some jobs that once were successful are now becoming obsolete and new careers are being created. This is a huge change in the workforce, but it is also a great opportunity for those who are looking to start something new. In order to be successful, you will need to be resourceful, and willing to take risks.

You may be in your 40’s, 50's, 60's, 70's, or even 80's and thinking about starting a new career. You don’t need a lot of money to start a new career. You just need to decide what you wish to do and do it.

Best to you and your new career