Career Planning for Third Age Job Seekers – LowellAnn Fuglsang

Many people feel really stuck when they are faced with the need to change or find a new career.  But career planning for third age job seekers can be even more daunting.

Lately I’ve been reading a book called Working Identity by Herminia Ibarra and heartily recommend it to people in midlife (over 50) who are looking for a new career.

You can find some interesting reviews here

Ibarra suggests that “our working identity is not a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered at the very core of our inner being”. Rather, it’s made up of the possibilities we see. This means that to discover a new career direction, we must go into action, rather than reflection.

This fits very nicely with my observation over the years of the way that people make career decisions. But it is contrary to old career development theory that says if you look at values, temperaments, interests, personality and aptitudes you should be able to identify the one right career for you. Although these factors are valuable information, they just aren’t enough; they don’t take into account what opportunities are available nor the networking required to find them.

In my new program What’s Next – Your Third Age Career , I encourage my clients to list all the options and then systematically test them out by actively moving toward each one. Many discoveries result. Some get eliminated as not practical, and often new possibilities are discovered and added to the list of options.

We learn a lot about ourselves by doing and testing out concrete possibilities!


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This Mindset Monday post is presented by LowellAnn Fuglsang, Business and Career Coach, especially for solopreneurs.

In my workstyle-lifestyle coaching work I love helping solopreneurs find direction, stay motivated and build systems that both support and promote their business. One support that I like to emphasize for them is the Google experience.  Two great places to begin are my Weekly Being Your Own CEO Success Circle and The Portable Business Coach (a tool that will tell you where you need to put more time and energy)

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