During our younger years, most of us dreamt of growing up to be a replica of someone we admired. Whether you wanted to be an astronaut, just like Neil Armstrong for taking a giant leap for mankind, or perhaps you wanted to be like Cinderella, the beautiful princess who lost her glass slipper at the royal ball. Chances are, you did not place a flag on the moon or take a ride in a pumpkin-turned-carriage. Needless to say, most of us never got a chance to fulfill our childhood dreams.
According to a study released in 2010 by the US Department of Labor, people hold an average of 11 jobs over the course of their lifetime. It is human nature to get bored of the same routine, and it is human nature to want change. You are never too young or old to be looking for the next opportunity for change.
Please don't mistake the following breakdown as guidelines you must follow, we are simply offering a categorization of what certain age groups may be interested in. Let's filter through the decades to see where you may want to end up.
Somewhere during this po
nt in your life, you might be thinking about finishing up your career and looking into retirement. Many people choose to continue working, sometimes on a part-time, temporary, or volunteer basis, after retirement. If you so choose, Laufer and Associates has opportunities, both in the part-time and temporary categories. In lieu of keeping an active mind and an open heart, these types of positions leave you with your work/life well-balanced.
Bill Kirchmann, a man in his 50s in search of a new career, was quoted on boston.com, "I feel very positive. You look at where you are and go forward. Go forward." He is absolutely right-this is the time in your life you might consider taking an inventory of your successes, skills, and interests. Something to consider is staying in the same company, but looking into different departments, or the complete opposite. You may decide to look elsewhere, but stay in the same type of role. The most important thing is to focus on your strengths, and go forward.
This is possibly the most difficult time to make a career change, but you can do it. You can become your own career coach and be open to the help from others, like our recruiters at Laufer and Associates. If you choose to stay in your career, you could be in it for the long-haul, but if you choose to change, this could bring great happiness to your working life.
At this point in your career, you are most likely in or trying to find your long-term career. The important thing here is doing extensive research to determine whether the desire to switch careers is practical or even possible. If you feel it is truly right for you, making a move can be very beneficial. Be sure to think this decision through, because if you decide to change careers and land a position elsewhere, reverting can make the situation even more difficult.
For most, your 20s are the time in your life where you are exploring your interests. Often times you may find yourself hopping from job to job. Our best suggestion is for people in their 20s, who aren't sure where their occupational hearts lie, is to take on temporary positions to find out where you can best expel your skills and find what types of business interest you. No matter what you choose to do, we're here to help you find your dream job.
And remember, you're never too old or too young to make a change. But, be smart about your decisions, do your research, and come to us if you need any help!