Planning Your Second Career
Change is inevitable, growth is optional. This saying is something that everyone relates to nowadays, as we can witness it in every segment of life, especially in the working field. Nothing changes so fast like the business area, right? Americans are working longer nowadays more than ever before and it doesn’t seem like they are about to slow down anytime soon. Not even once they retire.
The stories of spending retirement by doing nothing and just enjoying sunny weather became a myth, and the trend of working full-time once retired took the world over the night.
Going with different career path may be challenging and more often frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be like that. At least, not all the time. Here, we created 5 crucial steps that one need to take into consideration when planning a second career.
1. Take a Step Back
People have a tendency to nurture the link between the old and new career, which eventually leads them to choose a similar career to the previous one – it’s just natural.
However, if you’re choosing a similar career just because of the fear of the unknown you might be in trouble if it’s something that you’re not really passionate about. You don’t want to do something that doesn’t make you happy, right?
In order for you to have a truly happy second career and fruitful working ‘retirement’ you need to take a step back and reflect on your previous career, and to be honest with yourself – was it really something that moved you, what you loved about it, and based on that to decide on the direction of your second career.
2. Do Your Research
Make sure that you do your research properly. We are living in the 21st century and gathering all the info that you need has never been easier, or faster. Check what’s hot. The job market is not the same today as it was 50 years ago, and the required skills may be different than yours.
However, if you see job titles that you don’t understand don’t be intimidated because that just might be your next career call.
3. Upgrade Your Skills
Upgrading your skills doesn’t mean that you have to go back to school and study day and night. It means that you’ll have to dedicate some time to learn new things and skills if necessary.
You just need to match your interest and skills. Try online course or check community colleges for additional classes that offer flexibility, so you can even study while you’re working. In addition, try to find someone to help you re-built your resume and points out the relevant skills and knowledge for the future employer.
4. Don’t Empty the Cookie Jar
Try to keep the current career as long as possible, at least until you save enough to have the luxury starting of your second career. Reduce your debts if you have any. If you know someone in your surrounding who is good with managing finances ask them to help you consider all of your options. Whatever you do, try to stay on the budget and don’t touch your core savings.
After all, you need savings to support you and your family while you make the transition. Next, pay your bills on time and avoid opening new credit lines in case your future employer runs a credit check before hiring you.
5. Age is Just a Number
Don’t be driven by the fear of your age and time passing by. You have time and energy for everything if you truly desire it. Just don’t let your age get in the way. People may ask about your health, and if it happens you just show them your spirit and entrepreneurial side. At the end of the day, challenges do not stop at a certain age, it’s constant action.
To Sum Up
Without any doubts, starting something new is never easy, but the bottom line is that’s always worth it. A second career can provide opportunities that you have never dreamed about.
Bear in mind that the best time to start planning your second career is before you retire, while you are still working. That will give you time to do proper research, to educate yourself more, to plan and make important decisions that can help you ensure a productive and fulfilling second career.