Leverage Your Contacts, Skills, & Experience
To Stay Ahead of the Curve
Most Americans will need to work to their mid-to-late 60s. So you need to think long-term. Where are your skills most valuable, not just today but tomorrow?
- Your best option is usually to stay with your current employer, if you have one. But know how your employer’s needs are changing, and how you can meet those needs.
- But most private-sector workers who work to their mid-to-late 60s will change employers after age 50. So also know how you can best meet changing employer needs in your industry or occupation.
- Whether you stay or change employers, your best options will likely leverage your existing contacts, skills, and experience.
Work Your Job
It's Not Automatic
Things change. So you need to respond & do things to improve your position.
Stretch Your Network
Put Time Into Creating Opportunities
Networking is usually the best way to expand your opportunities, whether with your current or a new employer. Most mid-career workers have many ways to expand their network. And don’t be shy about using new Internet social networking tools!
A Radical Change?
Sometimes It Pays to Retool
If your long-term prospects are poor, it might make sense to invest in a new career.