Due to scientific advances in healthcare and technology the standard lifespan of a career could be extended by as much as 10 – 20 years.
What does this mean for the mid-career professional? How does he or she remain relevant and engaged in the face of such rapid change in the midst of their career?
4 Ways to Navigate an Extended Career Lifespan
Don’t get too Comfortable Where you Are
Develop multiple streams of revenue. Having a second gig used to be frowned upon; it’s not anymore. Keeping yourself diversified keeps you sharp and gives you something to fall back on.
Develop a Sustainable Financial Plan
Living longer and working longer requires a strong cash flow. Work with a financial planner before you need to. Start early and develop a plan that will support you long-term.
Don’t Limit Yourself
Years of experience creates a well seasoned individual. Don’t limit yourself to climbing the corporate ladder. Look for opportunities to Integrate who you are with what you do and make the difference only you can make.
Be a Life-Long Learner
Learning opportunities have never been more plentiful, and there has never been a time when continual learning has been more important to your career. Keep learning. It’s good for the mind and will keep you relevant and engaged.