Career change and career development beyond 50-is now the time to get started?
Career change beyond 50 and career success are closely allied to career development. If you are planning a change careers after 50 you should know that to get ahead of your younger competition you have to work hard at your plan and develop your skills and abilities to qualify for your proposed new job.
Once you start building your career change plan it is important to identify your employment objectives and how you plan on achieving it. It is not good to write out a career development plan and then put it in the drawer never to see the light of day and expect magic to happen.
The development of your plan and its success rests with you. No one else can acquire the needed skills, qualifications and experience unique to you so you can qualify for your dream career.
Here are some things to consider as you work in developing your unfolding career plan:
1. If you are ready for the daily, weekly and monthly effort necessary to make you career change development a reality; take the plunge.
2. A written career plan is a must. When your plan is written you can see daily what you need to accomplish. As you develop you skills and acquire additional qualifications you can judge your progress against the written career plan.
3. You should build your career plan as you uncover new information, change direction when necessary and be willing to give up on unpromising ideas and directions.
4. Your career change plan should contain daily, weekly and monthly components. Judge your progress against these benchmarks, adjust as appropriate.
5. In any career plan you must take a critical look at your skills, abilities, interests, strengths and weaknesses. Build the plan to develop your strengths, shore up you weak points and expand your interests and knowledge.
6. Career growth requires a daily effort practiced over a long period of time. This daily effort and its cumulative positive effect on your career and your future will move you toward your career and life goals.
7. A positive attitude is everything in working at developing your plan to change careers. Plan to read motivational books, attend positive meetings and conferences, learn to associate with positive people, listen to positive CD’s as you drive: all will have a big impact on your ongoing career development.
8. Have patience as you move forward in your career development. All good things take time, time to build good habits, time for the new skills to become practiced, time to build relationships, time to acquire experience and qualifications but in the end your journey will lead you to your dream career.