Personal career manager Jan Marino knows all about the challenges of today’s workplace, especially those confronting baby boomers. She’s been a consultant to major outplacement firms, to high-level executives, and advises many boomers on best practices for career survival.
I’m on a mission as a 64-year old baby boomer to inspire and lead others through the career reinvention process. I’m really good at it, and age has nothing to do with enhancing your worth in the workplace and world. Here’s why.
My claim to fame is that I’ve been “downsized, upsized, oversized and undersized” AND fired twice. But, I’m still here … sane and intact. Like lots of boomers, I spent most of my career working in large corporations. That experience taught me a lot about how to survive. It also taught me that if I was going to continue to provide value, I had to reinvent myself … so I became a very successful entrepreneur.
Quite honestly, my reinvention process wasn’t pretty, but it didn’t kill me. It was a series of starts and stops. After finally learning to become focused and disciplined, I discovered what the marketplace needed and would pay for… personal and small business online branding. Now that I’d been through the reinvention process myself, I know it’s not as scary as it appears.
Here are a few tips for thriving while you reinvent yourself:
- Whatever you’re going through now is only temporary … it WILL change and usually for the best.
- The only thing you have control over is what’s between your ears … you control nothing else, so quit worrying about it.
- Don’t burn bridges … unless you’re sure you’ll NEVER see that person again or know someone who knows that person and is in a position to help you, Just sayin …
- Listen more than you talk. People will tell you what they need and want if you listen to them. You’ll also learn about trends, deals, challenges, mergers, and everything in between.
- Take action and DO something … even if it’s wrong. Make things happen.
- Commit to life-long learning. Keep your skill set current i.e. writing code. Small businesses are struggling to find programmers. They need people who are talented and will stay for more than six months.
- Keep your network alive no matter what. Letting your network die is a big mistake so try really hard to avoid it. A strong network is a life saver particularly when you need connections in the event of a career transition.