Working Seniors - Career Reinvention As You Get Older

It’s your time to be active, working and enjoying the rewards. Here are some tips for reinventing your career and doing what makes you happy.
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Finding what makes your heart sing takes time. Fortunately, as we get older we get better at it. Numerous studies confirm that stress, anger and worry drop as we age.

Research findings from the Stanford Center on Longevity confirm that older people get happier. Surveys show that people over 55 are the most positive, happy, and enjoy the greatest satisfaction on a daily basis.

For many people, career reinvention is a key ingredient to smiling and feeling purposeful in this phase of life.

Encore.org is a nonprofit that helps seniors leverage their skills in new ways. Whether you looking for a traditional job or a part time gig, you can get started on building a new career. Many people are choosing to start their own business. In fact, seniors are the fastest growing group of new entrepreneurs.

Some people are coming to a new career because they were laid off. This could be due to ageism, industry changes, or other issues.

What’s especially interesting is happiness. More studies confirm that as a group, people over 55 are loving their new work.

Why is that? Often, it’s because they’ve done the work of learning from their experience. They aren’t just filling time, collecting a paycheck, and doing what is expected. They’ve made an effort to find something that provides a sense of fulfillment. It’s not just a job. It’s a passion. And it’s making them smile.

If you’re looking to boost your happiness and boost your income, now is the moment for career reinvention.

The Art Starts Now

Reinvention often starts at a certain age. For some this age is 50, 60, 65, or 70. Experts note that the enemy to starting career reinvention is not age, or time. It is inertia.

If you aren’t working on your plan, you are losing time.

To escape the dangerous fate of inertia, and free yourself to live a rewarding life, get curious. Do a ruthless investigation into your passions, purpose, and practical skills. You might want to ask yourself questions to start thinking about making choices that are fulfilling, healthy, and rewarding.

Here are a few to get your wheels turning:

  • What do you want your next 30 years to look like?
  • What are you curious about learning?
  • What are you passionate about sharing?
  • What dreams have you had that you want to rekindle?
  • What topics do you want to explore?
  • Who do you want to spend more time with?
  • What skills do you need to achieve your dreams?
  • What steps have you taken to grow your skills?
  • What courses are offered locally to help you?
  • What contacts can help you explore your options?

Spend some time envisioning your future, as you’d like to experience it. This may take some quiet time to think about what matters most to you.

Many people find their epiphanies emerge while expressing ideas. You can do this in many ways such as journaling, drawing, and painting. Many people find that doing yoga, meditating, reflecting, and being outdoors in nature help to open up to fresh possibilities.

Opening Up To Possibilities

For many people, it helps to talk with a counselor, mentor or coach. Professionals can help provide objectivity, explore emotional factors, and shed light on psychological issues.

Many people realize that they are operating with old instructions—such as a limiting belief system. For example, if your high school teacher told you, “you can’t do that” – you know how this belief can limit your efforts.

The thing is, your teacher is no longer the absolute authority. He or she was speaking with limited insight. The comment happened decades ago. Yet, the impact lingers on.

If this sounds familiar to you, take a step. Contact a career coach. Talk to a career advisor. Explore options for online training. Check out the cool programs for career reinvention.

You don’t have to live the rest of your life under old rules, outdated judgments, or limiting beliefs.

Some of the popular programs for career reinvention include:

Onsite Courses

Programs for career reinvention are increasingly popular. The Modern Elder Academy is one that offers 5-day and 7-day reinvention workshops. Offered at a resort-like location in Baja, this exclusive immersion program may appeal to you.

Virtual Career Coaching

Google your area for virtual career coaching, “reinvention after 50” or “career reinvention.” You may want to explore options for online learning to successfully plan your next move.

You are likely to find a workshop or coaching offer that fits your needs, and your schedule.

Weekend Bootcamp

The University of North Carolina offers weekend boot camps to help older people reinvent themselves. Discover yourself in a weekend boot camp, Paths to Creative Retirement, offered at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Ashville, North Carolina.

Check your local community for boot camps and workshops. You’re likely to find resources in your own town or county.

Get Better With Age

Here’s a book to dive into: Better With Age: The Psychology of Successful Aging.

Author Alan D. Castel is a UCLA psychologist who writes about the value of becoming what you want to be. He asserts that youth and middle years was a kind of training for what you’ll do in the next chapter of your life.

Assistance Club Summary

As you are looking for reinventing your career, as you get older, look for ways to find purpose, give back, and create meaning. The #1 big idea: do what makes you happy.

This is your time. This is your life. If you’ve been hankering to explore a skill, now is the time for discovery.