You are never too old for a new career. Ten tips on moving forward.
If you have been following me on my “road to reinvention” you know things don’t always go as planned. In my blog post, Handling A Detour On The Road To Reinvention, I share how I had planned this amazing summer of love with my husband. Instead, the last six months have been spent in and out of doctors offices trying to figure out what is wrong with him!
I have been self-employed for most of my adult life and had no intention of working for someone else. After a few months of not working in our insurance brokerage company (my husband is a broker and we work together), I knew I had to get a job. It was either that or deplete our retirement savings and go crazy from boredom and overeating in the process! Believe it or not, getting a job was the best thing that has happened to me in a long time. I love having a place to go, meeting new people and having the ability to earn a living so that my husband can focus on working on his path to wellness and good health. It is also amazing to have the opportunity to really define my own individuality.
Here are 10 tips that helped me:
1. Listen to your inner voice.
I heard the message you “need to get a job” many times before I really paid attention to it. You may be hearing a voice that says “I hate my job” or “I can do so much more.” Or your inner voice may be saying, “I need to be treated with more respect” or “I desperately need a change.” Listen to that voice!
2. Be open to doing something different.
I spent over fifteen years in the insurance industry but I didn’t go on any insurance interviews even though I received many offers. I was ready to learn something new and am now working for a law firm.
3. Go on lots of interviews.
I went on quite a few interviews in a variety of fields. I realized that it wasn’t the industry that was important but the people I would be working with and the culture of the company that was really what mattered.
4. Sell your life experience.
I have had many women say to me, “You are so brave, I would love to change jobs but I am too old!” This makes me so sad and angry at the same time. I am old enough to have an AARP card and have years of work experience. I look at that as my advantage. This is exactly what I said to every prospective employer, “Whoever hires me as an employee will be really lucky. I have lots of experience in a variety of businesses. I do not have small children at home and I will not be tied to my cell phone. I also am money motivated as I have a big nut to cover!” I believed that and said it with conviction and received multiple job offers.
5. You can always quit.
If you accept a job and after a few weeks or months you realize it wasn’t the right fit, so what? This may even give you a better idea of what would be the “right fit” for you.
6. Learn from the experts no matter what age.
This was a slight challenge for me as both of my bosses are under 35 and I am old enough to be their mother! I got over that quickly when I saw how professional and successful they were and that they were experts in their field. Be open to instruction and finding a mentor that will help you become successful as quickly as possible.
7. Act your age.
Even if you are in an office that is predominantly young, do not try to act like a thirty year old! Don’t try dressing like a millennial or listening to rap music or using slang. I have seen this with other women my age and it is not pretty!
8. Don’t listen to anyone else.
I cannot even begin to tell you how many people thought it was a bad idea to give up on the insurance business even temporarily. I heard how I was “too old,” “too strong of a personality,” and would be “too tired” to get a full time job working for someone else many times! So happy I didn’t listen and unless they are willing to pay your bills, you shouldn’t listen to them either.
9. Upgrade, uplevel, and be your best self.
I looked at this new job as a way of presenting my “reinvented” self to the world. I dressed better, wore lipstick every day, got enough sleep, made better food choices, etc. I started each day with an intention of doing a great job, keeping positive, and taking good care of myself. So far so good!
10. Have gratitude.
I feel very grateful for a variety of things. I am thankful that I didn’t let fear and worry stop me so that I could experience interviewing with a variety of potential employers. Because of that, I found a job that was good fit for me. It is also a pleasure to have a thirty two year old boss who drives a Maserati and is not only teaching me the business, but believes in a positive and ethical mindset. However, I am most thankful that I was able to take the financial pressure off my husband so he can get well.
Check out more of Holly’s posts where she shares her journey on her Road to Reinvention.
Holly Zucker is a wife, mother of a grown son, business owner and on the “Road to Reinvention”. After feeling like she had “lost herself” she has spent the last few years bringing back joy, pleasure, passion, fun, and community into her life. Her mission is to help other women “reinvent themselves” and start living their dreams and desires. We’ve done so much for everyone else, it’s our turn now!