Do What You Love and Love What You Do | Kickstarting Your Career over 50
Over the last few years, the number of jobs around has declined so far that you might think that enjoying your work is a luxury, and the media reinforces that belief by running articles on how it’s so difficult to find a job after 50. But that’s not the case, and more than ever before it’s vital that your career change at 50 starts with discovering your real purpose and the talents that set you apart from the competition.
If you see yourself simply as one of many faceless individuals doing everything you can to score an interview and get a foot in the door anywhere, you are actually ignoring your most important asset -your individuality!
In addition, you are selling short another valuable asset -your years of experience and knowledge- by putting yourself in the ring alongside the young and inexperienced. Your skills and maturity should be paying you more, not taking you back to the level of student work!
The first thing to consider is the difference between a ‘job’ and your life’s purpose.
It’s true that the number of jobs is disappearing, as mechanization and computerization reduce the need for many traditional jobs. In fact, it has been estimated that up to 80% of today’s careers could be gone in the next 20 years. The future of paid employment is looking bleak according to Rohit Talwar. In a recent article, he predicted that today’s children might have to do 40 different jobs in their working life.
If you come from the position of trying to find a job to pay the bills, you become a faceless contender among the thousands doing the same.
If you do the same as everyone else, how can you expect to deliver work that is of value? You are just asking employers to treat you like slave labour -selling off the hours in the week to anyone who will have you.
That air of desperation is obvious -and off putting!
So what’s the smarter strategy for a career change at 50? Not looking for a job, but discovering how to use your true abilities to design the unique work that only you can do. Getting back to what you were gifted with -and what you are motivated to share- is the real key to success and the answer to that burning question “What should I do with my life?”
Instead of getting lost in amongst the ‘also rans’, its time to set yourself apart and shine in the power of the unique gifts you bring to the world.
Discover the resources available to help you solve the puzzle of ‘what is my purpose in life‘. Take your time and don’t panic! Study the new resources available to you, especially the flexible business models online. Arm yourself with the facts about the positive opportunity you have to enjoy the work you design in line with your personality in a career change at 50. The critical factor is that you are not preparing yourself to be able to do just anything an employer asks, but you are preparing to offer that special something that only you can deliver to the World!