As people live longer, traditional career paths are more often taking unexpected turns as economic shifts, pandemics, and changes in circumstances lead workers into new jobs – sometimes later in life. Many older adults find that they are not ready for retirement but more than ready to make a career change that gives them more flexibility to spend time with family or focuses on a passion they have long wanted to explore further. If you are a career late bloomer – fear not. With an open mind, a strong network, patience and hard work, you can achieve a meaningful, successful career at any age.
According to a recent Forbes Careers article, being successful in a late-start career requires self-confidence. It may help to make a list of things you love about yourself, what matters most to you and what success looks like – not just in terms of material wealth or external signs of achievement but also accounting for personal growth, relationships and happiness. Self-worth is a belief that you have value simply by being yourself, regardless of external achievements or circumstances. Practicing self-care, self-love and self-acceptance supports a strong sense of self-worth.
By setting goals that align with your value system, and surrounding yourself with people who will support and encourage you with guidance, motivation and sound advice, career success can come at any age. It’s important not to compare yourself with others who may have achieved certain milestones at an earlier point in their careers. There are many examples of successful late bloomers who built enormous careers starting in their 40s, 50s, or 60s. Julia Child didn’t publish her first cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, until the age of 50. Harland David Sanders opened his first Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise at the age of 62.
A new and highly-rewarding career can begin at almost any age with determination, hard work, and resilience. By focusing on what brings you the most joy and meaning, a second, or even third-act career can be the most rewarding and fill your life with purpose.
Read more about making a career change over the age of 50 by following this link to Indeed’s Career Guide.