Have you heard of "The Apprentice", the NBC show hosted, written, and produced by Donald Trump, which has entrepreneurs competing for a chance to land the ultimate job? If you have, you may also be familiar with the lawsuit filed against Trump by Richard J. Hewett, a rejected applicant who alleged age discrimination as the cause of his rejection.
Making a career change after 50 can be an intimidating and nerve-wracking experience, and can even bring about a unique set of problems. You not only must contemplate age discrimination, but also contemplate learning new job duties, assessing your physical capabilities, keeping up with younger employees, and whether this job change is the best decision for you at this stage of your life.
If you are contemplating a job switch after turning 50, here are a few things you need to know. Evaluate your life and determine what brings you true joy. You've made it this far, so take your time and don't rush into the first job that comes along. The other side isn't always greener than where you are. Take into account all of your potential choices. If you are seeking advice about your career, talking to a career counselor may be beneficial. If you're going through a mid-life crisis, you don't want to change your entire life. Consulting a career counselor can assist you in making wise decisions whether you are looking for a new career or simply a lifestyle transformation. Happiness cannot be purchased with money- Therefore, do not switch to a career that pays more if it is not one that brings you joy. Happiness does not come from money. Find a job that offers you a salary you can be satisfied with and makes you happy. Realizing the importance of making the most of your skills and knowledge is not unusual when you are in your 50's. As you get older, not only do you think about having a job, but you may also want to explore ways to fulfill your mental or spiritual needs. "No matter what anyone says, changing careers can be a stressful time - but don't be afraid!" If you need it, seek support from your family and friends. Perform a reality check. Set goals that you can realistically achieve. Do not mix up your dreams with what is actually happening in real life. Do not be resentful towards your younger co-workers. They were once in your shoes. They need you just as much as you need them! Contacts- Don't be afraid to use old contacts when you're thinking about making the big change. They might have some helpful information you can use. Alternatives- Maybe full-time work is not for you. Look at other alternatives such as volunteering, temp-work, consulting, part-time work, or maybe a combination of these. Keep in Shape- As you get older it is most important that you stay healthy and fit, both mentally and physically. Make sure you maintain a positive outlook on life. Wisdom and health is a powerful combination! Go with the Flow- As you get older it's not always easy to agree with the younger generation. Learn not to be a stick in the mud. Times have changed and you need to be flexible.
Though it may not be easy, it is still possible to make a career change after the age of 50. If you are persistent, have a good outlook, and have the support of your loved ones, you can make a career change and still be happy and successful.