Whether you like it or not turning 50 is a big deal; not only is it a massive milestone to reach but it’s also a time in your life where you have to make certain considerations.

After all, you are now officially middle-aged, and with that certain adjustments are made by yourself and on your behalf.

It can be an incredibly challenging time in your life, so when you add a change of career on top of it you might feel slightly overwhelmed. However there’s no need to stress, whether you have been forced out of your previous career or just wanted a change of scenery, here are some things to consider about a career change after 50.

Be honest with yourself

Being truly honest with yourself is probably the most important thing to consider. As mentioned above, changing careers after 50 is usually down to two things; you were forced out or lost your job, or you left on your own accord because you wanted a change of pace or a new challenge.

Either way you need to be realistic with yourself when it comes to the skills you possess and the skills you may need for a new career.  Leaving your job in banking to become a lifeguard might seem like a good idea on paper, but it won’t work out if you’re not a strong a swimmer as you were in your twenties.

Even getting a different job in the same line of work can be complicated. So do as much research as possible, but most of all assess your skill set to make sure you don’t get in over your head.

Embrace your age

Ageism is real. All you have to do is take a glance at the media to see the cult of youth held in the highest of regards. However your age is a plus and using it to your advantage will only help you.

You have the experience, the proven skills and the smarts to do better than the kids half your age. Employees know this, so don’t feel that your age is a bad thing. It’s a resounding positive that you should embrace!

Be flexible

An important idiom to remember is “Age doesn’t equal wisdom” and while you have a lot more experience than those younger than you, you would be foolish to think that you have nothing left to learn.

Be flexible and open to new ideas and don’t get too set in your ways.

Use your contacts

You have lived for more than 50 years, which means you have met a lot of people, and these people can help you when it comes to a career change. Dip into your network of friends, family, and colleagues and get a helping hand!

Get to grips with the current era

For some, this can be the hardest step to take, but for many others, this is also the most fun and rewarding. Some people think men and women of a certain age can’t hack life in the current times; it’s your job to prove them wrong.

Get to grips with the internet and technology as well as how the working world operates in today’s climate. Talk to those younger than you to get a feel of what you should know. If you strengthen your knowledge of these things, you will become unstoppable in your quest to find a new career.

If you’re considering changing your career after 50, the tips and suggestions listed above will go a long way to helping you do so with the utmost of ease.

Remember to leave fear at the door, be confident and in no time at all, you will find success in a new field!

Zoe Anderson is an employee at StudySelect. She’s keen on learning about new eLearning trends and is also interested in project management trends.