When you've been stuck in the same career for years, it can seem like there's no way out. You start to ask yourself questions, such as "Who would hire a person over the age of 50?" or "How could my current skill set possibly translate to another industry?"
These thoughts are limiting, and misguided. The reality is, it really is never too late to change your career. If you're unsatisfied with your current position or if there's a dream job you've always wanted, you have options! It takes a little courage, but with the help of a skilled recruiter, you too can change careers - at any age!
Do my skills really translate?
Many people are skeptical that their hard-earned skills in one field will readily translate to another. It's true that some training will be required to learn new systems and technologies, but there are some intrinsic abilities that transfer easily to any position. Leadership, communication and task management skills are needed in any job.
Working as a cashier or as a sales representative are two jobs with distinct skill sets, but both are customer-facing positions that require a positive attitude, speaking skills and critical problem solving abilities. And if you don't know how to do something now, it's never too late to learn. Consider this: McDonald's founder and entrepreneur Ray Kroc was a milkshake salesman until he was 52!
How do I get started?
By pursuing your curiosity for a career change, you've already started on your journey down an exciting new path. The next step is to get a piece of paper and write down all your skills and work-related accomplishments. With the help of a recruiter, you can easily translate this list into the basis for your career change.
Roughly 80 percent of people over the age of 45 consider making a career change, but only 6 percent actually do it. Follow your dreams and talk with a recruiter today!