Just because an individual is 60 or 65 or even older doesn’t mean that it’s too late to make job or career changes. While an individual might be tempted to stick out the latter working years in an unsatisfying job in order to avoid upsetting the apple cart so close to retirement, there are plenty of reasons why making a job or career change no matter how old you are can be a positive and invigorating thing to do. Here are some great reasons why it’s never too late to make job or career changes:
The fact is, life is short, and who better to understand than someone who has already spent several decades living and working in the “real world.” If there is something you’ve always wanted to do, or a class you’d like to take, or a job change you’d like to make (or one presents itself)-you do not need to stay put in order to prove you are a mature, settled, secure individual. Chances are, you’ve already proven that point a few times over. Passing over an opportunity for a job or career change just because of the number of candles on your last birthday cake means you’re not really living. Wouldn’t you rather take the chance that look back and wish you had?
Increasingly, 401K accounts, retirement accounts, and other benefits are transferable. While not all will be, you might be surprised what you can take with you if you leave your job. You may even be able to negotiate an “early retirement” package so you can leave your current job with your savings and profit-sharing in tact. You’ll then be able to start something new at a different job or take on a new career. Don’t assume that if you leave your current job you’ll have to leave your retirement accounts behind-there may very well be a way to either take them with you or work out some other arrangement.
Instead of thinking of yourself as someone who is “over the hill” or “all washed up” in the job department-consider all the valuable experience and depth of skills you have to offer. Depending on your field, you may have skills and qualifications that make you a highly-prized potential employee. You may, in fact, get a better job or a better offer from another employer. While loyalty is also a great quality, you may be under paid, under-utilized and under-developed at your current job and there’s no reason why you have to settle for this. There may very well be better opportunities out there and you shouldn’t let age keep you from testing the waters.
In addition to changing jobs or careers, seniors may be interested in changing hours-working part-time, full-time, or flex-time, or even interested in making a major move or transferring to a different city or state. Don’t let your age keep you from pursuing these changes. Switching from full time work to a more flexible, part-time schedule may be a better fit for you than complete retirement. You’ll have time to travel and do more of your personal interests and hobbies and still have the mental and personal stimulation (not to mention, the income) that comes with working part-time.
Your work life is not over just because you’re approaching 60, 65, 70 or older-there are still plenty of opportunities and adventures available-it’s really just a matter of making personal commitment and having the confidence to take a chance, take a risk and make a change. There are still job and career opportunities for you to explore and you’ve got a wealth of experience to bring to any potential employer.