Do you want a career change but are hesitant to pursue it due to unstable finances? It’s a fact that older workers are suffering as a result of the global financial crisis, with most of the baby boomer population left with just a few years to make up for what they’ve lost due to the bad economy. It is true, career opportunities for older workers can be scarce these days.

Because of this, many mature workers have learned to settle for the work that they have and have stopped pursing the lifestyle they have always wanted.

Deciding on a career change is of course a difficult one to do but getting stuck in a hopeless job should never be one’s choice. Even with the unstable economy and difficult finances, there are still career opportunities available to us if we know how to find them. A career change can still be the best decision you can make to achieve a better life.

A career change need not be frightening if you are certain of the career direction you are heading towards. You need to understand your strengths and weaknesses as a mature worker so that you can take the right course of action during the transition period.  Take some time to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of pursuing the career you want. Examine your capabilities, skills, values, career background and personal goals (both short-term and long-term).

It is also important to make yourself be known. Networking is a great way to do this. You must be connected to as many people as possible who can point you towards good career opportunities. Mature workers who want to gain access to a different industry can benefit greatly from networking. Arm yourself with a unique and compelling personal brand and join networking activities.

You should be able to explore all career possibilities. Identifying your interests will help you to do this.

While you are working towards your new career direction you should be aware that your finances maybe unstable for some time.  If you are able to make a quick and clean jump from one job to another that is wonderful.  However many people do find that they experience a short period when income is an issue.  If you start a new job it may be one month before you are paid.  Although you know the money is coming, it is common sense to exercise some caution and perhaps watch your spending!

As the saying goes, “the greatest fear is fear itself.” The fear of uncertainty can stop people from pursuing things that matter to them the most. If you want a successful career change, face your fears and learn how you can overcome them. Hire a career coach to help you in expediting the career change process.

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LinkedIn is one of the world’s largest professional networks online with more than 200 million members in over 200 countries and territories. The site also offers corporate hiring solutions being used by top companies around the world. Career opportunities through LinkedIn are great especially for those wanting a career change.

If you want a successful change of career, LinkedIn offers great solutions for you to interact, influence and advertise your personal brand.

Here are some tips to maximise your career potential through LinkedIn:

  • Join LinkedIn. Create a profile and complete all the information required from you. Use keywords in your profile content so that hiring managers and customers will be able to locate you easily. If you have a website or a personal blog site, link your LinkedIn profile to it.
  • Personalise your vanity URL. An example would be http://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniproctor. Doing this will allow your name to appear on search results like Google. This is also a great way to highlight your personal brand.
  • Network! Your network may include your colleagues, family and friends. Doing this will allow you to connect to more people who can be potential clients or hiring managers. Increase your presence online.
  • Be active on LinkedIn. Join groups. Post regular updates and participate in discussions. Be visible in your target industry.

There are so many ways that you can use LinkedIn in achieving a successful career change. It is a truly outstanding tool to grow your career and discover career opportunities.

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Isn’t it nice to know that despite the career crisis that many older workers experience today, there is still a vast of career opportunities for many of us? It is reassuring to know that we are still valued and are considered to play a key role in the workforce.

Just this month, Adelaide Now posted a news article stating that the state’s peak business group believes older workers possess valuable skills and experiences which will benefit an organisation. According to the article, Business SA encourages employment of mature-aged workers as they are very valuable to businesses.

Opportunities come and go without us even noticing it so it is important to recognise career opportunities as they come our way. A good career opportunity is something which will allow us to grow professionally while enjoying work and life balance.

To recognise these great opportunities, you have to be clear with your career goals. This is why having an effective career plan is important. It is also necessary to show everyone your worth. Be productive. Those who show results are most of the time given the best career opportunities. Don’t just work to meet expectations. Work beyond your boss’ expectations.

There are plenty of career opportunities available to mature workers. We only need to learn to recognise them and take advantage of these opportunities. With that said, it is important to never stop learning. Focus on your career development.

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