Choosing a Career Path



  • What do you do well? What skills do you want to use or enhance? The check sheet below will help you build skills you might not know you have that you can transfer into your new life. Transferable Skills


  • This step is more important than most people realize! Knowing what brings meaning to you is one way to define your values. If you can define your values, you might find a different path than you did years ago, when taking a job just for the money or to live in a certain area, or near that certain some one was how you decided on the job. Lifework List


  • What interests you about your new life? This site will help you to look at your interests as identifies by renowned psychologist, John Holland.

Changing Careers

  • Where are the Footnotes - An online resource for non-traditional women students. Included are links to information about childcare, study skills, discount software and textbooks and time-saving meals when there is no time to spare. A message board connects with other non-traditional students.
  • 10 Steps to a successful Career Change - Interested in a new job or career? Follow our Ten Steps to a Successful Career Change to explore career options and choose a new career within or outside your current industry or career field.
  • Career Change Tools for the Midlife Woman - Work is an expression of who we are - a meaningful and satisfying career meshes with our values, our talents and what is truly important to us.
  • Ten Tips for the Stay-at-Home Parent:  Overcoming Your Employment Gap - Concerned about getting back in the workforce after a gap in your employment? How will your resume as a stay-at-home Mom or Dad, with a 10-year employment gap, stack up against those of people who have been racking up career achievements and accomplishments for the same ten years?
  • Regional Economic and Workforce Strategies - A Focus on the Mature Workforce Council for Adult and Experiential Learning and the Council on Competitiveness. This paper provides a look at the strategies and programs that regional leaders can use to help the mature workforce transition to high-demand and well-paying jobs. Economic, prosperity depends heavily on the quality of the workforce, and yet far too few regions have recognized their best underutilized asset: the mature workforce. This paper offers ideas to help regional leaders foster jobs and professional growth for mature workers.  Strategies for connection plus 50 workers with high-demand careers are offered, and outreach to plus 50 workers through workshops, career fairs and training are examined. The authors encourage employers to adopt new practices that facilitate the learning and careers of mature workers, and offers suggestion for policy makers too. The paper is part of the Tapping Mature Talent Initiative, funded by the Atlantic Philanthropies. AACC's Plus 50 Initiative is mentioned on pages 9, 13, and 14. Read an introduction and download a pdf copy of paper.
  • Employer-Practices Locator - Mature Workforce. This helpful database offers a wealth of resources for those working with plus 50 workers. Registration for this site is free, and access is immediate. Use the keyword feature to browse the resources, or enter your own search terms to pull up articles about plus 50 employees, and how employers can work more effectively with them. Includes resources from AARP, the Conference Board, the media, and many publications. Visit the database.

Last Updated: 6/17/14