As technological advancements continue to shift the frontier between tasks that are performed by humans and those performed by machines, a growing number of Americans believe that robots will take over most of the jobs currently done by humans in the next 50 years, according to a study by the Pew Research Center. However, although millions of jobs might be lost as a result of new technology, millions of new jobs will also be created to meet the new demands of the future. As a result, a lot of people will be forced to rethink their career choices, which could be extremely challenging, particularly for older adults who have been in the same line of work for many years. But, with careful planning and execution, older adults can make it easier for themselves to switch careers and boost their chances of being successful in their new jobs.
It starts with research
A career change is a huge decision that can affect a person for the rest of their life. There’s no guarantee that the new job will provide more happiness or satisfaction, and an individual may lose some of the job benefits they accumulated in the old job after quitting, such as retirement benefits. As such, older adults need to take the time to do some thorough research to come up with a list of viable career options that align perfectly with their skills and interests, setting the stage for a smoother job transition.
They can start by doing some research to learn about various viable career options, particularly in new industries that have come up as a result of advancing technology, such as social media marketing, app design and development, and artificial intelligence. They can also talk to various professionals to find out key details about the industries such as job duties, median earnings, and overall employment outlook in potential career options. Even better, they can set up job shadowing sessions to get a firsthand look at what a typical day in the life of the career looks like.
Meeting the educational requirements
After landing on a new career path that ignites their interests, the next thing an older adult needs to do is find out what skills they’ll require for a smooth transition. In most cases, a career change will require the person to further their education in some way, especially if it’s in a new field like artificial intelligence or virtual reality, where you need to learn a lot. Having to go back to school can be scary and intimidating for older adults, and it’s even worse for those who are not tech-savvy. However, there are many resources available today that have made it easier than ever for older adults to advance their education. For example, there are accelerated online degree programs that allow people to get degrees from reputable institutions in a short time and at their own convenience.
Whether it’s a voluntary decision or one that’s forced by circumstances, switching careers does not have to be scary for older adults. Even at an advanced age, it is possible to start over and achieve great success in a new career.