Starting over after age 50 seems like an overwhelming task. I am a career coach in Austin (but work with people in all locations).
With the COVID crisis and post-COVID changes to the workforce, many people who are in the middle of their lives are feeling the pressure. For many the idea of a career coach seems confusing and there are so many to choose from. If you have never worked with a career coach before, you should have calls with four or five to see what they have to offer (and to make sure it is the right fit for your situation, personality, and goals). After all, what is good career coaching vs. not so good? The answers will be known only on the other side of the project.
If your career path has become unclear you are not alone. The coaching process will help you realize that many people these days are starting over at 50, and many have the most productive years of their lives in the second half. When I turned fifty there were many things happening in my life that brought on the need for change. I adopted the philosophy that I would make age 50 to 75 the best years of my life, and created the motto of “Try New Things”. It changed my whole outlook on my career and my personal life. Things began to happen that opened up many opportunities. Then came COVID-19 and my whole career shut down.
But I got scrappy and was not going to let anything stop me from this 25 year pathway to success (now with 21 years left in the journey). For me it mean taking on a new job while keeping my own business open. The world had changed quickly and there was nobody around to help me. I had to create a new way to stay focused on building career opportunities. It was not easy, and it is still a work in progress. But within a few months of my new plan, fresh opportunities began to appear.
Career Coach – Austin, Texas (or from anywhere via Zoom).
If you are feeling stuck and need someone to help you create a plan, I offer career coaching programs that are customized to your situation. Together we will start by looking at your LInkedIn profile and resume. Then I will help you learn to tell your story (in person and online). Networking, social media, the need (or not) for a cover letter, and basic job search coaching are all part of what we will cover in our time together.
As you look for a career coach, I may or may not be the right fit for you. Let’s jump on a free 20 minute call. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me your situation. Do not be shy. After a short call we will know if we should work together. I started over at age 50, and I want to help you do the same things.
Should you hire a career coach? Check out this article from Forbes in August 2020.
About Thom Singer
Thom earned his Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) in 2014 and is committed to the business of meetings. He is the author of 12 books and is the host of the popular “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” podcast. On his show he has interviewed over 400 entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, business leaders and others with a focus on discovering how the most successful people get farther across the gap between potential and results.
At 50 years old Thom decided to reinvent his life and make age 50 to 75 the best years of his life. This meant saying yes to things that scared him, and trying new things. Since that time Thom has jumped off buildings, took up running (and lost 30 lbs) and began performing stand up comedy.