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Should You Go For A Career Change at 50?



Introduction

One day I will do what I love to do, will land a job that I actually want to do, and will pursue my passion.

We recall and tell ourselves about these thoughts daily but not everyone has the courage to get out of their comfort zone and do what they are passionate about. If you have searched for this article, it means you are halfway there to pursuing what you aspire for and are ready for a path-breaker moment. 

Congrats!! You are one of the few people who will do what they love to do, as when people pursue their passion magic happens!!

At the same time, it is important to know how to make the career switch, so that you achieve the desired result. In this article we’ll discuss:

  • Why go for a career change at 50?
  • How to go for a career change at 50?
  • How to overcome hurdles during the career switch?
  • Career change at 50 ideas

Why Make a Career Change at 50?

Making a career change at 50, is a life-changing decision, and here are some factors that you should consider:

Driven by Passion

By this age, you know clearly what you are passionate about, and what will add another dimension to your life. Pursuing your passion may lead to a complete industry shift and starting from ground zero.

No Age for Learning

Learning is a vicious circle, and nothing can limit your urge for learning something new. Starting a new career opens up the path for learning new skill-sets, and even gathering knowledge from the youngsters. It brings excitement and a lot of satisfaction that you have added another armor to your kitty.

A Streefress Life

Stree is something that cannot be avoided completely, rather when starting something new you may feel more stressed and when there is a willingness to achieve something to aspire for all that stress does not matter.

Time for Self-reflection

When you realize your complete potential the results-driven out of your efforts are awesome. Many people at the age of 50 are at the peak of their career because of pursuing a career they always wanted to. 

Take Inspiration from those who Made a Career Change at 50

Colonel Sanders

Sanders hopped many jobs before 50, including insurance sales, streetcar conductor, and fireman. At 40, he came up with a Kentucky service station, also offering fried chicken to hungry patrons. His recipe gained a lot of eyeballs, and then he franchised in 1952 when he was 62. By the age of 70, he sold his interest in KFC for $2 million. It took him decades to mark a niche but with patience and perseverance, he did it all.

Ray Kroc

The McDonald’s magnate was initially a salesman, selling five-spindle milkshake mixers to restaurants and drugstores, and it was then that Kroc, then 50, met Dick and Mac McDonald. He convinced them to a franchise, and then there was no looking back. At the age of 63, McDonald’s opened 400 restaurants in 44 states.

Julia Child

A professional working in the advertising, media industry when wrote her first cookbook at the age of 50, turned out to be a celebrity chef in 1961. A remarkable success story.

How to Make a Career Change at 50?

  • Be sure about what you want to pursue - When deciding about the career change and the right option to pursue, first analyze all the factors including age, finances, qualification, health. Think about how you want to work and then create an action plan. If required to understand the market opportunities you may go for consultation also.
  • Finalize what you want to pursue - Now analyze multiple factors and create a list of career options that excite you, finalize the one that you will pursue and do complete research around that. Look how the market opportunities are, it matches your current skill-sets, and don’t end up investing too much time in training yourself. Also, remember money matters and the career shift should keep your finances moving.
  • Create a persona - Work on building your professional image, to meet the expectations of the new field. You can do this by updating your knowledge with respect to industry practices, creating a business profile, being active on relevant social media platforms, and participating in discussions on platforms like Quora, Reddit, Linkedin. Expand your network.
  • Create a powerful resume - Your resume should highlight your professional achievements, skill-sets, area of expertise, and your end goal. Work on building a resume that matches the requirements of the new role and what the industry is looking for.
  • It takes time - You need to be patient and positive, success will come but with its own sweet time. Don’t lose patience and get back to the job you never wanted to do. No matter how frustrating it may be when you or any business plan gets rejected but keep working, redefining, trying and you will make it happen.

How to Overcome Hurdles when Going for a Career Change at 50

  • Manage your finances - Changing your career may not necessarily lead to a major inflow of income, it may take some time. You need to be patient and manage your funds properly. Keep good savings, and your retirement plan, so that any fluctuation of income initially may not hurt.
  • Make a short-term and long-term goal - Make small goals to achieve the bigger objective. Break your goals into smaller and achievable targets. Like creating X number of professional connections, applying to top companies and preparing for the same, or so on.
  • Create connections - It is necessary to make connections across generations. You will learn a lot about changing industry trends from the youngsters. 
  • Look at the positive aspect - Recruiters may ask you why a sudden career change, make your experience and age a winning factor. Show them what you bring to the table that is maturity, sincerity, and a curiosity to keep learning.

Best Fields for a Career Change at 50

We are sure you have the best career option in mind, that is why you are planning to go for a career change. Still, we have put together some change of career ideas at 50 that has great potential:

Education & Training - With the education industry transforming, and online education becoming the new thing, major edutech companies are looking for teachers, trainers who can take up online classes. If you have expertise in a relevant field, then you just need a laptop and a good internet connection to educate the world just by a click. It’s the best career change at 50.

Writing - If you have a love for books, and writing is something that excites you then go for it. The world of digital marketing is incomplete without quality content. Top companies are on the lookout for content writers who can get them a great web presence and maximum customer engagement. The best part is you can work from home, work as a freelancer also if not willing to work 9-5!!

Technology - There are multiple career opportunities in the field of information technology that does not need any specialized degree, and have huge scope, and get you great paychecks. Consider moving into the field of digital marketing, Salesforce consultant, Data science, Web development, and many such career options that do not require a degree. 

Life coach - You have crafted a great career before planning to make a career shift. You have faced challenges and overcome them in your previous role which has added so many soft skills and experience to your kitty. Spread the word and become a life coach who imparts these soft skills to the younger generation and makes them corporate ready.

Consultant - You have worked for so many years, and have mastered the trade. There are many companies that hire consultants to create great strategies for them in terms of marketing strategy, product strategy, competition analysis and planning, and much more. 

Launch your online store - eCommerce has reshaped how we shop now. If you are passionate about any specific area then why wait, launch your online store. Let’s say you have a passion for handicraft, then plan to launch your own online store, and trust me it’s not that expensive.

All the best!!

Career change at 50 or 70, it does not matter, what matters is inner peace and a feeling of accomplishment. Doing what you love is not easy and life does not give everyone a chance to do so, so grab the opportunity with both hands and just go for it. Plan your niche, create a strategy, make connections, invest in a great portfolio, learn new technologies, and you are ready to go!!

By now if you feel motivated to go for a career change, share your thoughts with us, we are here to walk you through.

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    Jyotika Prasad

    Through market research and a deep understanding of products and services, Jyotika has been translating complex product information into simple, polished, and engaging content for Janbask Training.


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    Killian Watson

    What a nice motivational blog, I love it!

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    • Jyotika  User

      JanbaskTraining

      Thank you so much for your comment, we appreciate your time. Keep coming back for more such informative insights. Cheers :)

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    Atticus James

    Career transition at 50 is a dearing decision, not every has that courage,a real salute to these people.

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    • Jyotika  User

      JanbaskTraining

      Glad you found this useful! For more such insights on your favourite topics, do check out JanBask Training Blogs and keep learning with us!

    • Jyotika  User

      JanbaskTraining

      Thank you so much for your comment, we appreciate your time. Keep coming back for more such informative insights. Cheers :)

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    Dante Ramirez

    One of the best motivational posts I have ever read.

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    Kairo Gray

    Apart from the motivational part, ideas are also good. Must read!

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    Cruz Peterson

    The article clearly states that you can do anything at any age. Nice blog team. Keep up the good work.

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    • Jyotika  User

      JanbaskTraining

      Glad you found this useful! For more such insights on your favourite topics, do check out JanBask Training Blogs and keep learning with us!

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    Cristian Torres

    One of the best positive and motivational blogs I have gone through so far.

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    • Jyotika  User

      JanbaskTraining

      Glad you found this useful! For more such insights on your favourite topics, do check out JanBask Training Blogs and keep learning with us!

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    Derek Ward

    I am impressed with the ideas mentioned in the blog. I have shared the link with my uncle. He's in his 40's and is depressed that now he cannot pursue his career further.

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    • Jyotika  User

      JanbaskTraining

      Hello, JanBask Training offers online training to nurture your skills and make you ready for an amazing career run. Please write to us in detail at help@janbasktraining.com. Thanks!

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    Hendrix Howard

    Nice blog. Must share with everyone.

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    • Jyotika  User

      JanbaskTraining

      Hello, JanBask Training offers online training to nurture your skills and make you ready for an amazing career run. Please write to us in detail at help@janbasktraining.com. Thanks!

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