Dating after divorce for women over 50
Once you’ve researched your options, talk to administrators and if possible, graduates.
Be realistic about your goals in speaking with them.
Depending upon your goals, it’s important to see if you can actually stay the course – the rigors of pursuing your education – not to mention the money and time it will take.
And, if you are targeting an industry that is predominantly “young,” you’re going to be fighting an uphill battle regardless.
Follow up on statistics to do with successful job placements, and not just for 20- or 30-year-olds.
This article on MSN Money, “10 New Careers After Age 50,” points out the advantageous qualities of a mature employee, including reliability and wisdom.
For many, 50 is the point at which we perceive (or imagine) someone to be “old” – certainly on paper. The recession and its aftermath have hit older workers especially hard. And if you’re willing to relocate, how do you choose a new city or region? Naturally, if you can afford it, a career coach, life coach or other advisers can guide you toward some answers.
People 55 to 64 — an age range when many start to dream of kicking back — are having a particularly hard time finding new jobs. Does the article above send us spiraling down into resigned acceptance and depression? If you go this route, be sure to verify credentials and experience, and check references.
If you’re successfully self-employed, if you’re secure in a position, if you’re financially independent or supported by a spouse, you haven’t yet (and possibly won’t) feel the traditional career options closing in. As for health, there are no magical guarantees against accident or illness at any age. But the likelihood that time will take a gradual toll on the body is higher as we get older. Both are options at any age; their purpose, focus and costs will certainly vary; financing either may be the tricky part but the benefits (and pleasure), great. Twenty- and thirty-somethings will gladly do the work you used to do, and probably for less money…It’s no wonder that any of us in this position might say “Where do I begin?” Starting over at 50 or older is no small undertaking.Many excellent universities also offer online courses and programs.(Again — Google and do your vetting and research.) The reason I suggest continuing ed, more accessible/focused programs, or for that matter community college classes is this.
You may be better off with a training course – and be sure to vet any class, course, seminar, or certificate program (online or otherwise).