Susan Peppercorn had an article published on Idealist Careers titled, Reinventing Your Career After 50, on the topic of reinventing your skill set for a midlife career change. Finding a new career after 50 may seem daunting but it is entirely possible and is becoming more and more common. In the article Susan shares some midlife career change ideas and strategies for people trying to make a career change after 50. Here’s some of what she had to say:
What lights you up?
In my experience as a career coach, I’ve had clients who simply think they’re too old to reinvent themselves. But with people living healthier, longer lives, there’s a good possibility of working for another 15 or 20 years past traditional retirement age.
Instead of focusing on the time that is gone, think instead of what’s in front of you. Ask yourself:
- What do I get out of work besides compensation?
- What work would give me purpose?
- What interests do I have that I have not been able to devote enough time to?
- What new skills would I like to learn?