Does the current state of the world have you contemplating what’s next in your career? Here are 2 resources to support your considerations:

On Thursday, April 9th, I will be joined by Andy Tupler and Josh Murray of Tupler Financial for a special live webinar on the topic of making financial preparations for a career change or retirement. We’ll share our own experiences of career change, select client stories, and 3 critical strategies you need to know now. Hold your calendar from 12 noon to 1 pm Eastern time on April 9th. 

I am thrilled to be one of the experts cited in this article on The Muse about 7 Tips to Help You Change Careers at (or After) Age 50.

You’ll learn more about why these matter… and why you need to take these steps in this particular order:

Clarify Your Goals

In both my exec coaching and Executive Career ReinventionTM programs, we start by doing just this. Learn more here. 

Identify Your Transferrable Skills

I call these your sweet spot skills and I use each client’s 360 reviews, past performance feedback and/or an online assessment called Motivated Skills to clarify what these are.

Fill in the Gaps

In coaching, we design fieldwork between sessions for you to build leadership competencies, practice new skills, and fill your experience gaps. For career changers: side gigs, volunteer and board roles, and consulting contracts provide hands-on ways to do the same.

Hire a Career Specialist

Know what support you need and then ask for or hire that support. An internal or external recruiter is interested in filling a position for the company and is not interested in helping you refine your vision or goal. If you need time and support to reflect on and research what is next, you want to work first with a coach like me.

Update Your Resume

Quote from The Muse article:
Surprised to see this tip so far down on the list? “A huge mistake I see the over-50 set make is not having clarity about what they want to be…before they spend the time and money to update their personally branded job search marketing materials,” Owen says.


Once you have clarity in the types of positions you’re going for, you’re ready to update your resume or create a new one.

Tap into Your Network

Before you can do this, you need to know who is in your network, the role they play and the value they can bring, how to approach them in a way that aligns your shared interests, and when is the best time to leverage what they have to offer. As part of my coaching programs, I partner with my colleague Donna Chrobot-Mason to have clients do the Leader Network Diagnostic as preparation for most effectively tapping into their network.

Be Ready to Tell Your Story

With clarity about your goal, your purpose, your strengths, and what you value, you are ready to tell the story that connects the dots between your experience and what you want next. I coach clients to do this verbally, in role plays and with their key stakeholders. I also have clients create one-page bios that tell that story for them.

Quote from The Muse article:

It can take a few months just to prepare to make a career change. Once you’re ready to go, it can easily take another six to 12 (or more) months to identify a good fit and land a job in a competitive market. And regardless of your age, the job search process comes with ups and downs. So be kind to yourself as you navigate this exciting phase of your life. With perseverance, it is absolutely possible for you to succeed.


Here’s to your reinvention,


Erin Owen, MBA, PCC, JCTC
Executive Career Reinvention
To start your Executive Career ReinventionTM program, apply for an initial call with me here.
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