Whether you are young or old, new to the job market or approaching retirement, you should know your career goal.
At least one-third of executives has made at least one shift in their career.
The most common reason given: a desire to do something different. “From a practical point of view, midlife may be a good time for a career change,” suggests Cash Nickerson, author of Boomerangs: Engaging the Aging Workforce in America.
Many 50-year-old executives have 20-25 years of work ahead of them and want a different experience. They want to do something more meaningful and want to incorporate the experience they have states Emilio Pardo, president of Life Reimagined.
In a recent survey by Life Reimagined, a 1,000+ people ages 40-59, 53% stated they were confident they could successfully make a change in their career over the next 5 to 10 years.
Several examples of executive career changes:
- A veteran executive who is good at motivating people is now applying that skill to teaching.
- Retired corporate executive became an EMT to “give back.”
- CFO leverages his love of cooking to restaurant ownership.
Also, according to the survey, 41% of people are happy working in their dream jobs, but an amazing 57% say they are not.
Which one are you?