I am planning to leave the very stressful job I have held for the past 10 years. At age 55 I still want, and need, to work but I’m looking for a job I like, closer to home. I’m concerned about changing jobs at my age in this rough job market. I’d be interested to know of websites that cater to the 50+ crowd and also about companies that realize the benefit of hiring older, wiser employees.
There is a great deal to say for re-inventing yourself! Consider fields which are adjacent to your expertise and experience, but tweak the dial to a new application. I spent my entire life in education but decided to make a career move at 50 to day care director/owner. Not only was it exponentially more profitable than teaching, but it challenged me in ways the public school system never could. This work engaged me intellectually and emotionally and gave me the opportunity to be what I always was, only a lot better! It also was a most excellent move financially, since it allowed me to retire in a mere 10years with more money in the bank than I ever could have saved teaching. However, make no mistake about it, it was exteremly hard work with long hours and tremedous responsibility. Not recommended for the faint at heart.
Having taken an early retirement at 55 and survived to-date at age 67, I know what you are about to go through. I had skills in an emerging industry so I was able to stay relatively well-employed. My work history is on LinkedIn if you want to review it.
Lessons I've learned.
1. Be certain you have skills that are in demand
2. Be certain you have a firm job offer (contract signed) before you leave your current job.
3. If you are looking for a job, NETWORK. Join LinkedIn and learn from what you see there.
4. Be certain you are quicker (and appear to be quicker) than your colleagues. Your age shows in your slowness and people associate competence with the pace you demonstrate. I've always walked fast. That gave me a 10-year or more apparent age-reduction.
Regarding web sites for 50+, look at my bloglog on: http://www.mybabyboomers.com/blog.
I wish you the best of luck! It became impossible for me to work outside of the home since I'm helping to raise my Grandkids. Luckily, I have my writing to fall back on as I have been a writer (of articles, blogs, Squidoo lenses) for a very long time. I have a website dedicated to Grandma's and I am trying to put together businesses that outsource writing and those who are looking for writing jobs. I also have a lot of just plain "Grandma" interest things. <a href="http://grandmas-online.blogspot.com/">Grandmas online</a> We Grandmas got to stick together!
With 10 years of experience at your current job, you might take an inventory of your skills and knowledge and think about using then to become self-employed. There are many opportunities for working independently with low upfront costs. If you think being in business for yourself is an option, check out the website Boomer Business Launcher at http://www.boomerbusinesslauncher.com.
I am leaving a couple of stressful jobs to join an opportunity I've decided to pursue. Donald Trump has started his own networking business and is marketing some products that have worked very well for me. Time for a career change for me.
Check it out. The products are great. www.trumpnetwork.com/rmallman
I have found is the best investment is in your self at what ever age. Supplement income. Its getting harder to find jobs and Health Insurance always a concern especially as we get older. Supplement until you can replace income.
Non-medical in-home care is a booming industry for boomers and older! Home Instead Senior Care provides caregivers for seniors in their homes, ranging from simple companionship to personal cares, part-time a few hours a week to live-in!
And Home Instead Senior Care is an AARP Preferred Employer of Older Workers
I know how you feel about stressful jobs. I was in sales and marketing / business ownership, etc. for over 30 years and finally just got too burned out . I have been working in internet marketing for the last year and a half . Haven't gotten rich yet but have learned just enough to see some results and to find out that I LOVE working online. It is very competitive though and there is so much to learn to really get good at it. I am considering enrolling in a new online Internet Marketing certification program to learn more about SEO and more. It can be done in a matter of months and there is a HUGE demand for SEO and Internet Marketing Freelancers out there. The best part is with todays wi-fi technology you can work from practically anywhere. You can see another fun little twist on that on my blog at http://www.squidoo.com/workampers