Mondays Work: I'm 50 years old - what are my chances of finding a job?
I’m 50 years old and don’t feel as if I have a chance at finding a new job. Now what do I do?
As a career coach, I have spoken with people in their 20s who think they are too old to move ahead with their career. Judging by the impression they left, they were correct.
I also recently coached a man in a career transition who was in his 60s; he told me that his new job is the keystone of his career. The impression he left was that he was 60, and so what, because the best half of his career is yet to come. Another client in her 60s just found a job that she describes as “perfect.”
I keep meeting such dynamic people; recently, I met an individual at a workshop who was 55 and had multiple leads before he accepted his new job. He was still going to school to update his skills, was training for a marathon, was well dressed and groomed and attended the workshop to try helping others through sharing his career transition experience. He had more on the ball than most anyone did in their 20s — employers recognized it.
In my experience, age is irrelevant if you have energy, enthusiasm, an up-to-date skill set and are ready to go to work with an upbeat attitude. However, if you disagree and believe your age is the significant factor in your present situation, well, then, you are likely correct — for you, that is. Age is both a fact and a choice.
Lastly, be authentically you. Don’t try to be everything to everyone. Know who you are, what qualifies you to be in the game and also speak to what makes you unique from your competition. Furthermore, remember you do not need a hundred jobs; you only need one great job.