Finding Fulfilment in the Second Half of Life

As women approach their 50s, many find themselves at a crossroads in their careers. Some may have already achieved their career goals or feel unfulfilled, while others may be facing unexpected life changes like divorce or retirement. Whatever the reason may be, it’s never too late to make a career change and find new opportunities for growth and fulfillment in the second half of life.

According to a study by the Bureau of Labour Statistics, the number of workers aged 50 and over is projected to increase by 13% between 2019 to 2029. This indicates that age is no longer a barrier to career success and that women over 50 can and should consider the possibility of a career change.

One of the benefits of making a career change later in life is the wealth of experience that women bring to the table. Working for years in one industry means that women have valuable expertise and an extensive network of contacts, which can be utilized in a new career. Additionally, their life experiences and maturity can enable them to view challenges and opportunities with a fresh perspective and approach.

However, making a career change can be daunting at any age, and even more so for women over 50 who may be facing ageism and bias in the workplace. But with the right mindset, strategies, and resources, a career change can be a fulfilling and rewarding journey.

1. Begin by assessing skills and interests

Starting with a skills assessment can help women identify what skills they have that are transferable to a new career. It’s important, to be honest with oneself and to seek feedback from trusted colleagues, friends, and mentors. Identifying interests, passions, and values can also help provide clarity about the desired direction of a new career.

You could use several different tools to start your self-assessment.  I’ve used a SWOT analysis in the past and it’s worked very well.  It helps you think objectively about your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.  Click on the link above for further information and a free template.

2. Do research on potential new industries or careers

Researching potential new industries or careers through job boards and online resources like LinkedIn can help women discover new opportunities that align with their skills, values, and interests. Networking with professionals in these fields can provide valuable insights into the day-to-day work, culture, and opportunities for growth in a new career.

3. Seek out professional development and training

Acquiring new skills or pursuing certifications or degrees in a new field can demonstrate commitment and the ability to adapt to new environments. Women over 50 can tap into resources like community colleges, online courses, and professional associations to gain new knowledge and credentials required for a new career.

4. Develop a strong personal brand

Developing a unique and authentic personal brand can be a powerful tool in making a career change. One’s personal brand should highlight their unique value proposition, showcase their expertise and accomplishments, and be consistently communicated across various platforms like social media, LinkedIn, and networking events.

5. Be flexible and adaptable

It’s important to remain open to new opportunities and be willing to adapt to new circumstances in a new career. This may require adjusting expectations, taking on new challenges, and being comfortable with a learning curve.

In conclusion, making a career change later in life can be a powerful way for women over 50 to find fulfilment and purpose in their professional lives. With thoughtful planning and execution, women can leverage their skills, expertise, and maturity to excel in a new career. By focusing on one’s strengths, interests, and values, women can find a new path that brings them satisfaction and success in the second half of life.