The thought of this is enough to send some in to panic mode or more often, stay in a role that you find unsatisfying which in turn can impact other areas of your life.
First thing you need to do is stay calm and realise that you can change your career after 50. Ask yourself what is the motivating force for changing jobs? It could be that you have been doing the same thing for so long it is just habit, you have become dissatisfied with this part of your life or you have been made redundant or your employment was terminated.
Wherever possible, give yourself time to think about what you really want to do and come up with a list. You need to be realistic when compiling this list as your “dream job” may not be that appealing when you look into it further. Is there something that you need to learn to pursue a particular job? Find out all the information about learning opportunities including what is involved, how long it will take and what it will cost.
It might also be a good time to look at your lifestyle, do you need to work full time or would you be able to make part time opportunities work for you. Think about needs and wants. Do you need to earn a certain income to support yourself and/or family?
Look at what skills you have and explore options to use those skills to either work for someone else or why not consider setting up your own business. At 50, you probably have already spent considerable time in the workforce and will have a range of skills and wealth of experience to back you up. At times we find it hard to put into words what we are actually capable of and skills that we have. It may be beneficial to sit down and talk with someone who will be open and honest with you and get a list of skills together.
Searching online for different opportunities is a great place to start. It gives you an idea of what jobs are out there and what employers are looking for in various roles.
Reality check – the job market is competitive and you won’t get every job you apply for, you possibly won’t even get an acknowledgement of your application. Don’t let this deter you, as the next opportunity is just a Google search away.
Have a Plan B. If you find yourself in the situation where you have left one job and not yet found the next one, think about temporary solutions that will allow you to live. Not everyone has the luxury of taking time out and not working for a while. Think about what you would be happy to do to bring in an income in the short term.
Be brave and don’t see 50 as a barrier, use it to your advantage. Try anything at least once, if you don’t like it you can always give something else a go. You are the only one that you have to please, so if you find something that you are happy doing, don’t let well-meaning people with opinions persuade you otherwise.