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Career path after 50


Alaa Jarad


April 19, 2021

The career path plays a pivotal role in all of our lives, whether it is a traditional job, freelance work, or a craft, and at the beginning of the career there are not many options before us, so we are like a junior actor accept any role offered to us, and life leads us, so some begin to chart the path they dream With it, and others completely leave themselves for the path that he started, until he forgets what his dream was, and the path he hoped for, and with the passage of years we accept the reality, but we may lose a lot of fun and opportunities as well, and the spirit of adventure fades, especially as the family responsibilities increase, so some start In our Arab society to complete his dream through his sons whom he sees as an extension of it. But another opinion I liked is Dr Palena Neale, a writer for Harvard Business Review and Forbes, and a trainer at the United Nations Staff College.

Although Dr.

Neal is directed at women, but I see it suitable for men as well, as she advises that we should stop with ourselves at the age of 50 and rearrange our papers, especially as children mature and start their careers, and have more time and maybe freedom of movement, and puts four questions that will help us in drawing the road map Beyond 50.

The first question, what would your career look like if nothing could hold it back?

And you advise that each of us go alone to ask what are you missing in your life?

in your work?

What difference do you want to make?

What is your dream job?

What career step would you take if you knew you wouldn't fail?

What do you want to leave after you and would like people to remember you?

There may be contraindications for women in particular due to the care of children and family, but at this age they will have more time.

The second question, what rationales or changes would you need to become?

Some do not like to seek help from others or think that it has become too much to learn, and in our popular proverb we say “after what the writers have gotten young and waved”, which is a major psychological and social obstacle, as we restrict ourselves to the fact that it is not acceptable to learn something new or break the stereotypes that educate us. on her.

There is no harm in breaking the molds and no shame in starting even at the age of 50 or after.

The third question, how can you build your support network to benefit from it?

It is very important to sort and classify our network of relationships, and for those who desire real change, support and help of others is indispensable, and here one has to determine who are the people whom we can turn to for advice and guidance, who are the people who give us psychological and emotional support, who are the "connected" people. Which of them has such a wide network and can open doors for us?

And finally, the fourth question, what do you need to learn to bring about the career shift. Good leaders are constantly learning and know what skills or information they need to get to where they want to be.



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