New and Later Life – Career Options for Seniors


It wasn’t that long ago when people in their 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond were all planning their retirement, if they hadn’t already retired. Today, many business leaders like Warren Buffet and Kirk Kerkorian are continuing to work well into their 70s and even 80s. According to the AARP, which represents people over 50, almost one in five workers will be 55 or older by 2012.

If you are a “baby boomer” age 45 or older, you may not be planning to retire any time soon. That doesn’t necessarily mean you intend to stay at the same job until you do retire. Today, it is perfectly fine to go for a mid – life or later-life career change. A growing number of people are opting to pursue a new career late in life. You might want a career change for financial reasons; or, as with many other people, you are perhaps looking to change your job because you want to have a more satisfying professional life.

Whatever your reasons for wanting a career change, you must do some soul searching before looking for a new job in the “grey-hair” market. You should ideally know what skills you have and what skills are in demand around you. You also need to keep yourself updated on the advances that have been made in the new career you want to join. Most of all, you need to know exactly what you are looking for from your new job.