How To Change Careers At 50, Step Into The Future
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How To Change Careers at 50, Step Into The Future

I will try to get you started on the right direction if you really are serious about finding out how to change careers at 50

1) Why precisely do you want to change? If you ask your self that question then you will be well on the way to actually bringing about that change. I could write a list as long as my arm about the different reasons but you will have your own personal reasons, whether it be hatred of your current job, a desire to escape the rat race or you just want to find something to do to wind down to retirement then you have to decide.

2) What kind of new career do you imagine yourself doing? Are you able to turn a hobby into a new job or would you prefer to keep the hobby separate from work? I love cooking but if anyone was to put me into a professional kitchen I think I would freeze. However saying that my wife and I have often talked about setting up in a remote area with holiday accommodation such as a bed and breakfast so perhaps I may go that route one day.

3) What obstacles are there ? Why cannot you just drop everything and just go? I know that I cannot do that right now because I have far too many commitments but that actually means I just have to be more determined and do some serious planning. It also means that I am now building an alternative income to speed up my move to a career change. Do not be negative about obstacles, they are generally not immovable and many times can be overcome.

4) Can you just drop everything and go? If you can, then what is stopping you? Inertia and prevarication is the enemy of making progress and is one of the things that I personally have had to force myself to overcome. It is sometimes too easy to just sit back and let things flow by without taking the action really needed.

The way I am earning a second income at the moment is just like that. I am making money online and learning how to do that through an online course. So often I see people in the forum complaining that they are trying to make money online but not getting anywhere, but when somebody with more experience looks at what they are doing then almost invariably they are actually not doing very much at all.

Earning money online is not difficult in the techniques used but it does need a lot of work initially to get you started. People look for the magic solution but it actually is not there. Get rich quick schemes usually mean someone getting rich but at someone else's expense!

I suppose that I have not really told you yet how to change careers at 50 yet so here are some of the places you can try to find more help.

1) Careers advisers. Perhaps there is a local agency that can help, or an online agency. Be wary of anyone asking for money up front to help you out. I personally believe that if they are genuine then they will only expect payment on results.

2) Newspapers or magazines. Many nationals run articles on changing careers both in the real and online versions. Perhaps a franchise interests you, in which case I know of at least one here in the Uk which looks at franchise businesses once a week. There are some great ideas to be found and in general national newspapers give good sound advice.

3) Internet advice. Simply typing in "make money online from home" or "find me a job" will present you with a huge number of results but it is possible to filter out the results step by step. I managed to do that and I am very pleased with the way my career change is going right now.

5) See what other people have done. You have an idea? Well why not do some research into how other people have changed their careers. there is nothing wrong with following somebody else's tracks but also stamping your own brand on it at the same time.

I hope that I have given you a of a guide for a career change at 50 but ultimately it is up to you. Nobody can tell you what course to take, I know that for me affiliate marketing online is my answer but for you it might be another course all together but I am sure that you can find out how to change careers at 50 if you are determined.


Street Talk

I am now 56 and still doing the day job 4 days a week (was five days until new year) but from what I am learning at WA I am sure I can find a different way

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  about 8 years ago

This could be me. I am 51 and seriously thinking of changing career. Or maybe not entirely, but I'd like a hobby where I can earn some money

Reply
  about 8 years ago
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