In my previous post I made the point that the economy is changing as so are career and jobs. This potentially massive change in careers will hit those over 50 the hardest. So now is the time to begin developing your career and job hunting action plan. Those that plan and prepare will move smoothly in a turbulent sea of job changes and dislocations.
Your first step will be to take a career and job related inventory. In any journey, you must know your starting point so you can gauge your progress. On a blank sheet of paper list your skills, knowledge and strengths. Write out what is unique about this combination of skills, knowledge and strengths. What are your interests? What are you passionate about? What type of business or organization do you work best in?
Now take another sheet of paper and list the opposite of the above. What skills need improvement? Are there any gaps in your knowledge? What are you weaknesses? What do you not want to do under any circumstances?
I’m sure you will come up with a number of categories not listed here. Your goal is to honestly and candidly look at your career and your personal interests.
Finally, do you have any interests or hobbies that might lend themselves to starting a business? Many budding entrepreneurs started small money making businesses as teenagers. Recently in talking to a friend, he told me he ran a very successful Christmas wreath business. He started when he was 12 and make several thousand dollars every year until he was 15 when his family moved. If you have this sort of spirit maybe a business is the way to go.
The important thing is to explore every option. The more options the greater the chance for success.
Stay tuned for the next time when we’ll discuss how to take your inventory and turn it into an action plan that will guide you on your journey.
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