If you have ever taken a long period off of work, you know that jumping back into the workforce can be scary. You might question whether you have kept up to date with the ever-changing job market, if you are ready to change the lifestyle you are used to, and if employers will take you seriously.
Adding to the stress, you might wonder if you want to pursue a job in the same industry you had worked in. Changing careers can be stressful at any age, but it can be especially overwhelming when you have stepped out of the workforce.
If you are feeling the pressure of re-entering the workforce and changing jobs later in life, it’s important to take some time to reflect on what you really want to do and plan the necessary steps to get to the job you want.
Switching careers later in life
Are you wondering whether you are too old to switch careers? The short answer – No!
At VANTAGE, we specialize in helping older adults gain the confidence and skills they need to find their dream jobs. We have seen hundreds of individuals begin new career pathways later in life and find jobs that fill both their passions and their bank accounts.
Ready to dive into your next job opportunity and get back into the workforce? Here are a few reasons why you are never too older to change careers.
Your skills transfer
You have been gaining experiences in both work and personal settings your whole life. These experiences often translate into skills that you can use in the workforce.
Many abilities, such as communication and technology skills, transfer to jobs in any industry. You can build on the skills you already have when re-entering the workforce to a new career.
You have confidence
Research proves that older workers exude more confidence than their younger counterparts. You have a greater sense of value, know your best learning styles, and have more experiences to draw upon when facing adversity. Confidence and understanding of self-worth will help you secure a new job.
You show maturity and decisiveness
When we’re younger, we sometimes feel rushed into decisions about jobs. Whether we feel the pressure of setting up a foundation for our career or life requires us to earn more money, the decisions we make about our careers don’t always fit into our long-term desires.
If you are switching careers later in life, you show that you have taken time to understand what you want out of a job and are willing to make changes to reach your goals.
Your passion will be contagious
Deciding to step back into the workforce or change careers is exciting. As you go after your goals, others will notice your enthusiasm.
Employers want to hire passionate employees who are energized by their work. This not only gives you a better chance at getting the job, it also means that you will have a more enjoyable time at work.
You will improve your health
Getting back into the workforce improves your overall wellness. Getting up and going to a job you like every day has a positive effect on your mental health. Staying active will also improve your physical health. You may notice that your body and mind feel better by going to a job you enjoy.
You can leverage your network
You do not need to take the journey to a new career alone. You have a network of people in your life who can help you reach your goals.
Take a look at your professional and personal circles to see who can lend a hand. Whether it is connecting you with a training resource, giving advice, or introducing you to a mentor, the people you know may be able to propel you to your new job opportunity.
Key tool for changing jobs – Earn certificates
Are you interested in getting back into the workforce with a whole new career direction? Certifications may be a key tool to help you get the job you want.
Professional certificates provide employers with proof that you are qualified for a certain position or field. By earning industry-recognized certifications, you show that you have the knowledge, experience, and skills to perform the tasks needed for a job.
There are many different kinds of certifications available. Certificates are often low cost and can be earned quickly.
Depending on the job you want, you may want to earn certificates that complement your skills. Some jobs require you to have professional certifications. Do some research to see what certifications are needed.
If you are 55 years or older, you can earn free, industry-recognized certifications through the Senior Community Service Employment Program. VANTAGE Workforce Solutions provides paid, hands-on training and professional certifications in 38 Ohio counties.
Have questions about earning certifications to re-enter the workforce? Call VANTAGE Aging to see if you qualify for the Workforce Solutions program to get started on your new career path. Eligibility requirements apply.
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