Career Options after 50 – increase your career opportunities by building your career options.
Career options after 50 are an increasing concern of those employed and for many who are unemployed. With layoffs, plant closings and outsourcing all around us many have become increasing concerned about the security of their jobs.
Now is a critical time with all the changes going on around us to analyze your ability to keep your own job and/or build up your career options. This activity will do a great deal to improve and strengthen you overall career options after 50.
As you study your career situation many are looking to create a measure of job security. How you go about creating career security will go a long way in developing you needed career options. And with more career options your career opportunities and employability will increase.
First, build your career security by taking a positive approach to your situation. No one likes to associate with someone who is consistently negative. Your career opportunities will brighten as you build a career plan exploring for uncovered job opportunities.
Expecting the best will more likely give you positive outcomes and better results.
Second, take a hard and objective look at your situation. What are your likes and dislikes? Why? What adjustments can you make in your financial situation to reduce your stress? What are your strengths? Why?
Now comes the hard part. What are your weaknesses? Be honest get help if you can’t seem to be able to dig deep enough.
As you now study new careers and career options now is an excellent time to look carefully at methods to fill in gaps in your qualifications and experience. Or if staying in your present career what can you do to build your qualification in that career?
Building your additional qualifications can be achieved in a variety of strategies. Aside from formal education many times you can speed up the educational process by self-study, distance learning, seminars and workshops and working with a mentor. All are valid methods of adding to your career related qualifications.
Third, stay productive if unemployed. Join a career related organization and become active on appropriate committees. Write articles for the newsletter. Work with a non-profit or your church, hopefully in a skill set that will add to your required career experience.
Use and build on your network to uncover hidden job opportunities. Take short-term jobs, temporary assignments or contract position to build on your experience. Help others in their job search or career changes. Learn from all this added experience.
Lastly, work hard not to be defined by your career or your job or whether you are employed or not. You are a parent, a son or daughter, a friend, a mentor, a resource, a helper, the best gardener, a fisherman, a person with good ideas, etc. If you are stuck at defining yourself with you career and the career goes what is left?