I recently spoke with a friend and mentor, who has been providing invaluable insights and encouragement for my business. He stipulated that the best job opportunities present themselves to those in their 30s and 40s. While that may be the case, career opportunities are ever present.
We are all presented with opportunities throughout our entire lifetimes. However, we may be most receptive during particular periods. Those of us who have worked continuously outside the home from our 20s onward may be most receptive and motivated in our 30s and 40s. Those who stepped out of the traditional workforce (to raise children, care for elderly relatives, participate in a start-up, write a book, travel, find ourselves, etc.), may have a receptive time frame which has shifted somewhat later.
The bottom line is, you and only you are in charge of your future.
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Twice as many successful entrepreneurs are more than 50 as under 25
40 Entrepreneurs who successfully built companies after the age of 40
4 Ways Older Entrepreneurs Win Against Younger Counterparts
A quarter of Americans between 44 and 70 expressed an interest in creating their own company or nonprofit venture
One-third of beginning farmers… are over age 55, indicating that many farmers move into agriculture only after retiring from a different career
More Older Adults Sold on Entrepreneurship: in 2012, nearly a quarter of all new businesses were started by people between the ages of 55 and 64
20 percent of all new businesses were started by entrepreneurs aged 50 to 59 years, and 15 percent were 60 and over
6 Inspirational Older Women You Need to Know
There’s an army of… older women who could make a real difference to America’s corporations, businesses, academia, politics — you name it…
BENEFITS OF OLDER WORKERS
What Older Workers bring to a job
There’s a real myth around reinvention… Why would you want to throw away all of that life and work and professional experience
Almost 40 percent of Americans aged 44 through 70 are already in or eager to start second careers