Many of us aging professionals are aware that the labor marketplace is shifting. What was in demand a year ago is less in demand today. Yet, found Career Change Challenge, of the 80% who consider a career change, only 6% of us do it.
I had been among the avoiders. Around age 45, my wildly successful executive communications boutique startup was down to about one-half the business it had been receiving. I considered becoming a financial planner. I considered becoming an expert in marketing communications.
But instead of starting over I found a way to resurrect the declining business. Had I made the switch I might not have lost the business in 2003 when the market for my services tanked. At age 58, I had to do a career change versus choosing one.
Live and learn, though. At age 71, I became aware again of the changing marketplace. This time it has only taken me about 7 months to respond with a career change. I am operating a startup in content marketing. Once it's generating X number of dollars in revenue, I am planning to relocate the enterprise from the Southwest to where I have a stronger network.