The 3 biggest reasons why baby boomers, retirees, and those planning their retirement are hankering for a second act are:
- Following a passion
- Staying active
- Financial stability
After many years of working in the same field or the same company how you would like to live out your golden years?
Many people enter retirement in excellent health, and with a lot of energy to finally chart their own course. If you, too, are ready to make your retirement, and life, count to the fullest here are several tips to get started.
Do Something You Are Passionate About
The first step is to clearly identify what makes you truly happy, what is it that you have always dreamed of doing, and pursue work that is fulfilling. Narrowing down your true interests and passions can sometimes be a challenging thing to do. To start off, think about what would you do if money were no object? What is the job that has always intrigued you? Robert Dilenschneider suggests “think about how you could go back to what you loved. Knowing what you know now, how can you use that passion in your next career?” Talk with your family, friends, colleagues or even professional career coaches to help you identify your unique strengths you may not even be aware of.
Decide whether there is A JOB YOU HAVE ALWAYS DREAMED OF or STARTING YOUR PERSONAL BUSINESS is the thing you really wanted to do.
There are many second career options to choose from. Education, government, non-profit, and healthcare are all fields which are currently exhibiting strong job growth. For some following their passions means starting their own business. Research shows that starting a business can increase older workers’ quality of life and it’s also very interesting to see that according to the SBA, entrepreneurs over the age of 50 are one of the fastest growing groups of new business owners in the nation. The SBA indicates that 15% of workers between the ages of 50 to 64 are self-employed, and that figure increases to 25% for workers who are 65 and older.
Once you feel confident you have chosen the right direction, consider whether your EXISTING SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE match the requirements of your new career path. Depending on your needs, enroll in a course, professional program or a workshop to “refresh” your skills and get ready to do your BestWork!
After decades of work, now is the time to pursue the career dreams you were unable to earlier in life. Renew, explore, inspire, enjoy and find the happiness you deserve!
You’re the Director of Your Second Act – Make Sure It’s a Success!