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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Job Seekers: Are You too old or "You're Never Old Enough" ?

Editorial:Contributor Bobby Edelman

Job Seekers: Are You too old or "You're Never Old Enough" ?

What do you have in common with these Successful Career Transitions.
* The Who: Playing Woodstock 1969 = Superbowl 2010
* Jimmy Carter: President 1981 = 2010 Habit for Humanity (Largest single home builder in Africa)
* Bill Gates:Windows 1981= 2010 Saving Millions in undeveloped countries From Disease/Death

Job Seekers Over 40 would you like to hear the world chanting "You're Never Old Enough" (aka Y.N.O.E. pronounced YOU KNOW) Or has that silent voice become deafening inside your head chanting "you're much too old". The world for a 40 plus year old job seeker today can be down right scary. But........There is reason to be more optimistic then cynical or pessimistic. But more on that later.

What Happened to My Career?

It doesn't matter what career you had chosen or perhaps wandered into (as many did) for the last 20 or 30 years of your professional life.
Has the world shifted off it axis. Is the planet Earth no longer rotating at precisely the same rate or angle as it did 10 or 15 years ago. Maybe its all part of Global Warming.  Or does it just FEEL different.

You were at the top of your professional game as a Banker, Automotive production worker, Electronics Manufacturing manager, Insurance agent, Real Estate agent, Airline Pilot, Home Depot electrical sales person or an HVAC contractor. You had Money, Prestige and Job Satisfaction. But its not that way RIGHT NOW.

7 YNOE ("You're Never Old Enough") Signals That a Career Transition is Imminent.

Has some or all of these 7 YNOE signals been rattling around in your head or perhaps quietly uttered by your co-workers:

1. My work Feels meaningless.
2. Our Industry is done.
3. It is only a matter of time before my job no longer exists.
4. I am working harder making less.
5. Remember when we used to have FUN at work
6. Auto pilot no longer works here.
7. There is no career future here.

So as we (you and me ) ponder the harsh facts. No need to repeat what the Bureau of Labor Statistics has been telling us. Its simple that 1 in 5 of us is not meaningfully employed. That's 45 million or so just in the United States. Add Europe, Asia and Australia  you have a couple of hundred million unemployed.

Learn From those who have made a Career Transition:

You might want to drift for a moment from denial to reality.
Just for a moment. A brief moment let yourself Dare to Day dream in a world in which the chant  or shout (in your head): "You're Never Old Enough :)". What does this mantra mean to all of us oldies, aka over 40 skilled workers?
Because those who continue to make and remake themselves seem to have eliminated age as a barrier. It is about gaining knowledge, experience, networks of resources, drive and passion.
How many times do we see older workers successfully remaking themselves in a new image and role. Its not about eliminated the past success and failures. It is about building on the skills and experience of the past. Sometimes with horrible short term failures but raising up to new sense of PURPOSE.

Successful Career Transitions.
* The Who:Woodstock 1969 = Superbowl 2010
* Jimmy Carter: President 1981 = 2010 Habit for Humanity (Largest single home builder in Africa)
* Bill Gates:Windows 1981= 2010 Saving Millions in undeveloped countries From Disease/Death

Yes the nay Sayers will say that these people were superstars, made tons of money, had media, resources. But also see they all had some failures and transitioned their careers. They dealt with external (soci-economic, political) and internal (like death) changes.
* The Who had their key musician die (including Kieth Moon) and album failures as music audience tastes change.
* Jimmy Carter has been considered one of the most ineffective presidents by Historians- Need I speak the words:Iran hostage 444 day crisis.
* Bill Gates- lets just say he missed the mark on the Internet search business and social media buz (every hear of Google, Facebook and Linkedin).

So were does this leave us or you. My contention is that you can strike out in a world full of ripe opportunity. We will explore this over the next coming days, weeks, months and years. But lets just say if you were or are an Automotive Production Manager you should be thinking about how will (not can) transfer your skills, get re-educated and find a new meaningful career. Billions will be spent in the next few years,through both private and government based training and skills improvement programs, with the purpose of helping you make a career transition.

The difference now is that YNOE: "You're Never Old Enough"

"A new Career for the Skilled  Worker"


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1 comment:

  1. Interesting concept!

    I am an entrepreneur from South Africa and I am currently pitching my own concept (called EndangeredSpecies) to potential funders.

    It is a unique online recruitment solution geared to the South African market

    If you're in any way familiar with South Africa I'm sure you'll agree that there are some unique social dynamics at play here in the post-apartheid era that make life very difficult for certain individuals (and particularly those who were considered 'advantaged' in the past and are now on the receiving end of discriminatory legislation ... ironically intended to address past imbalances).

    The situation, which is extremely dire for many of those on the 'receiving end' in fact offers some unique and exciting opportunities ... and some of these are precisely what 'EndangeredSpecies is designed to address.

    South Africa is the initial target. However the concept can also be tweaked slightly to give it a global application.

    Right now I am busy both refining the concept and speaking to several potential collaborators and implementation partners. I have already found the ideal people to fill some of the key positions … but several glaring gaps still remain, not least the issue of financing the venture. (The estimated funding required is just under 300.000 USD.

    Anyone knowing of any other potential funders who may be interested, please e-mail me and I'll send you the brief elevator pitch I’ve developed.

    Many thanks!

    Ian Bentley


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