How Old is Too Old to Change Careers?

Many of the client’s I work with in my Life Coaching business are in the age range of 40 plus. A belief which comes up often early in our conversations is the belief that maybe they are too old to consider changing careers. After all they should be slowing down. They should be thinking about retiring not starting a new business or entering a new career. Well thats a lot of “shoulds” and as time goes by I am less and less sold on retirement. I get many retired people in my workshops who say that they are totally bored with retirement and are ready to get back to work! Sure, they are picky about the work they want. They want work they are passionate about and many want more freedom of time. What they all want is to feel like they are doing something meaningful and enjoyable with their life.

As a generation we are living longer then ever and many of us are extremely healthy so there is no reason to hold back from finding and creating work we are passionate about. There are many examples of people who change careers much later then is normally thought of as a “good age” for a new career. I remember reading about a woman who always dreamed about being a doctor. She entered medical school at the age of 60. Often people would say to her, “Do you know that you will be in your 70’s when you finish?” Her answer always was, “I’ll be in my 70’s anyway. I would rather be a doctor when I am 70 then just be 70.” Last I heard she was enjoying a thriving medical practice. Most successful new businesses are started by someone in their 50’s or older. In fact many Venture Capital Companies prefer funding businesses run by a more mature and experienced leader.

A common argument against starting a new career as an older person is that , “I won’t have enough energy.” Often people are so burned out in their current career that it is hard to imagine having the energy to start a new one. We do need to be good caretakers of our energy at all times of life but especially as we get older. The beauty is that when you find a career you love, which uses your strengths then it will naturally give you energy! Yes, you will get tired by the end of the day but you will be ready and excited to go do it again tomorrow. When you are working from your strengths and passions it feeds your energy rather then draining it. What I have found is that when you are in a career you love it is easier to drop the draining activities in your life or hire them done. Save your energy for what you love!

A big plus to starting a business or new career when you are older is that you bring with you tons of life …

Preparing For and Making a Career Change

In my youth, I observed that, in England at least, most people wanted to get out of their jobs. Their "career", whatever it was, only experienced to get a regular income. The millions of people who did the football pools, and later the lottery, were a testimony to the "let me out of here" dreams of the majority. "Win the pools, and retire."

Times may have changed in general, but the fact that most people are not content with their jobs has remained unchanged. Career, employer or job change, or early retirement, are in the minds of tens of millions of people across the world. Only a small minority will ever actually go full out for a career change; it is far too easy just to plod along doing the same old things in the same old place.

However, some people are more serious. These are the people with "get up and go" who actually do get up and go. These are the people who really do change their working lives, sometimes drastically.

Why Do Some People Want to Change Careers?

There are many possible reasons for wanting a career change. The following are just a few of the more common ones.

1. To some people, being in the same job, or even the same type of job, for too long is just unthinkable. I certainly fall into this category, and personally think total care changes can be a vital contributor to a satisfying life. I always want to learn something new, and do something new, once I have mastered what I was doing before. New challenges are an essential part of every day life.

2. Midlife career changes may be the result of a sort of career midlife crisis. This can particularly be so for someone who has always done the same job, and suddenly realize that their years are slipping away and they have really done very little with their working years.

3. Dissatisfaction with a current employer, either in terms of recognition, prospects or pay.

4. Boredom is a common cause of wanting a career change.

5. Lack of fulfillment in the current career or employment.

The above are some of the broad reasons people may seek a career change, but each individual is likely to have a different mix of reasons to consider changing their career.

Tips For Preparing for a Career Change

There are many sources of career change advice, both online and offline. Sometimes this can be given on an individual basis, or just in the form of written material which you can consume at your leisure. As a career is a personal matter, and all individuals are different, then pesonal consultation is better by far. However, advisors are individuals too, and the advice may vary from skilled counselor to career counselor.

The quality and quantity of career change advice available to you offline will vary greatly between countries and locales, and you may find that some of the online advice is, at least …

Adult Students Can Get a Degree Fast – 3 Ways to Get College Credit For What You Already Learned

The economy is in the toilet, everyone knows someone who has lost their job, and the cost of living just keeps on increasing. So what are you going to do? If you are like me, you may be consistently thinking about how to go about making more money or getting a different job. But who wants to spend years back behind a desk in school? Just the thought makes me break out in a sweat. That was until I leaned how I can get a degree fast just by using what I already know.

If you are like a lot of people, you may not think that you know enough about anything to shorten your time at school. Without you count your current job, which is what you are trying to get away from. But did you know that there are three little known ways to get credit for what you already already learned outside of the classroom setting? Well there are, but a lot of people do not know about these shortcuts, so they think that there is no possible way to further their education or get the degree they always wanted without spending years in a classroom.

Prior Learning Assessment: One way to get a degree fast is to test out of some of the basic classes that are required in two and four-year institutions. There are thousands of schools that will accept the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) test results and in turn give you credit for knowledge you have already gotten through prior coursework, on-the-job training, independent study, etc. There are 33 exams of which you can choose to take to test out of basic coursework, so shortening the time it takes for you to get your degree.

Military Experience: Since 1945 the American Council on Education (ACE) has made it possible for those who served in the military to convert that experience in the service to college credits. So if you have spent any amount of time serving your country, you may want to look into this college-time shortcut.

Seminars and Workshops: Yes, you can get a degree faster just by putting all those seminars or workshops you attended to good use. The American Council on Education has a variety of continuing education units, seminars, and workshops that they have reviewed and make credit recommendations for.

By using these above methods you can hopefully put your knowledge to work for you by allowing you to reduce the time you have to spend back at school attending the degree. And in turn, you can start making a bigger paycheck quicker. …

Top Ten Smart Networking Tips

Smart networking is critical to career success. Master it, and you master your destiny. The following tips will help you become a pro:

1. If unemployed, print your own business cards to use at networking events. Include your contact information with your target market. Example: John Q. Smith, Sales Management.

2. Put your resume on the Internet with its own web page. Many Internet service providers give you a free page for personal use. Then, add your resume page's URL to your business card.

3. When you collect business cards, follow-up! Note on the back of each card where you met the individual and something noteworthy to help you remember him. Schedule a time to meet for coffee to continue building the relationship.

4. Make networking a process to do for the life of your career, not just something to do between jobs. Continue growing your career by building and maintaining your relationships.

5. When at a networking event, offer first, take second. Determine the value you have for others before asking for their help. This way you will leave a memorable impression.

6. As an employee of "Brand Me, Inc.," act like you're self-employed when you seek a new job. Market yourself as your most important product.

7. For entrepreneurs, public speaking and publishing are tantamount to building expertise in the public eye. For job seekers, doing the same can attract attention to your expertise, hopefully leading to meetings with potential hiring authorities.

8. Remember that everyone you meet has the potential to lead you to your target. Most people are only three to six degrees removed from the person with what they need to connect.

9. Networking gurus have polished 30-second commercials. Practice your "elevator speech" so it sounds natural and conveys the right message in a succinct way.

10. As you network, be authentic. No one likes a know-it-all any more than a wallflower. Be yourself and be real. Above all else, remember your manners. Thank those who help you. …

The Importance of a Graduation

Why is it that a graduation is deemed so important to so many people? What makes it special that a singular person is moving up from one academic position to the next? How is any of this relevant? All questions have answers, but none quite as simple as these. A graduation is important because it is a rite of passage to so many people. When a person graduates, it signifies the move from a previous form of existence to a more mature being. As this mature is progressing, many people come to the revelation that a graduation can be life changing; the simple marker or two phases helps to tie different parts of a life together with a common remembrance. A graduation is not just an end, it is a new beginning; the start of a new chapter in a person’s life whether it be another school year, or the entry into the workforce. Graduations help people remember the things accomplished in the past, as well as helping people to look forward to the future. When people think of a graduation they remember friends and family made or seen (respectively) throughout that time period; they think of the honors the achieved, and the many ways that those honors will help them to pursue future opportunity. Graduations are so multipurpose that it is near impossible to explain exactly how helpful and memorable they can be for a person. However, it is possible to illustrate how much a graduation can come to mean for a singular person.

To Be a Graduate

For a little or a mature girl (or boy), a graduation can be one of the biggest days of their life. Depending on the age, different things have been proven to the child: for an kindergarten graduation gown, many students feel they have grown of matured in their child-like world. In the cases of a middle school transition, students may feel that they are now strong or tough enough to take care of themselves, and finally, in a high school to college transition, students finally realize that they are about to enter the world of hardworking adults. All of these are very important stages in life; waxing feelings of vulnerability or invincibility are simple things that we, as people, go through normally. Graduation gown for ceremonies can only help this along. These ceremonies provide legitimacy of the transition, and include the reality that the phase they are now entering is assuredly ‘real’. The robes they wear are materialistic markers of this, and every part of the ceremony undertaken is meant to show or commemorate the same thing: change. For, could change truly exist if nothing acknowledges its presence? Would there be any form of change if nobody acts on it? Of course it takes the sometimes harsh realization, but most of the times it is a change for the better; that is what a graduation is all about: changing for the better and being prepared for the new future that will …

Top Resources For Academic Research

When you get to college, you are going to engage in some serious acts of research. Be prepared. Know that you have to introduce outside material into your coursework. Being able to easily locate and draw info from numerous sources will help you create quality research assignments.

But where are you expected to look for information? There are plenty of research resources at your disposal. You just have to know where to start looking.

Start at your university's library. Look for books and periodicals that you can mine information from. Checkout the online reserves to really get your search going. University databases are huge portals that can link you to important resources. Search through online journals. Familiarize yourself with all that your college library has to offer, and you will have plenty of research info to incorporate.

Use the Internet to gain a basic familiarity with your material. It's amazing what you can find using a simple search engine. Get an overall view of the topic you need to research, before you start looking for more in depth resources. Discover the common terms and elements of whatever debit or issue you have to ponder. Once you've used the Internet to get a basic understanding, you'll know what exactly you need more in depth coverage on.

Visit research institutes and think tanks on the web. Think tanks always have links to their latest research efforts and studies. Make use of recent studies, and incorporated evidence and conclusions into your own unique take.

Online journals are great sources for scholarly research. You can find in-depth academic papers that are extremely focused in their scope. Draw from these rich sources of scholastic digestion. Read the footnotes and get more information. The more academic papers you read on the subject that you are covering, the more comfortable you will become with the important issues surrounding whatever answer you are investigating.

Consider using the resources of another university. You can access a ton of information over the Internet. Many universities have their own archived material that they make available to the general public. If you need a direct quote from a historical document, chances are you can find the complete document somewhere in an online sourcebook belonging to a college or university.

When stringing together all of these diverse perspectives, make sure that you have something original of your own to say. You can built a solid foundation on other peoples' ideas and research, but the structure that you erect on top of that foundation has to be entirely your own. Bring different perspectives together by marbling your own unique points into the mix. The clearer you can present your argument and supporting evidence, the more convincing your research assignments will be. …

Alternative Education – The ADD Child

What educational format is best for the ADD/ADHD child? As a parent, there are many choices, and increasingly popular choices, to public education. While making a decision may seem more difficult in the case of ADD/ADHD, the process is the same for the parent of any child.

A recent article in USA Today reports that home schooling has been on a steady rise for the last five years. There are now 1.5 million children being home schooled, up 74% since 1999. A desire for religious or moral instruction, formerly the number one reason to choose homeschooling, is now the second most popular reason. The first reason is safety and avoidance of peer pressure and exposure to drugs. Third is the dissatisfaction with academic instruction and fourth is interest in nontraditional approaches.

Current statistics indicate that the number of alternative educational/school choices, not including religious based schools or military schools, is somewhere around twelve thousand. That is the largest number of choices ever to exist outside the traditional public school system and the number keeps growing.

Obviously, the selection of public versus private includes many factors, among them the practical aspects of cost, location, transportation and does the alternative represent a basic ideology that the parent feels would be detrimental to the child. What follows is a look at some of the factors in choosing an educational format.

Determining the educational goal, as a parent, is an easy way to eliminate whole groupings of alternative educational choices. However, a parent might be wise to avoid automatically eliminating, for example, religiously based schools because they are simply not of the family’s religion. A school might be quite passive about religious “recruitment” of the child, as are many Catholic private schools, or they may be very active, even aggressive, in the “recruitment” of a child, as are many more fundamentally based religious schools. In one case, a parent chose such a school because of its educational quality but did not fully understand the aggressiveness of the school in converting her child to its belief system. At least not until her child started coming home every day, in tears, begging her mother to convert because she would go to hell if she didn’t. Upon further questioning, it was clear that the school had made the child responsible for the task of converting the mother. The child was nine. The mother moved the child the following week.

Next, we want to look at the child. It is imperative to look at the child from multiple perspectives, not just does he/she have ADD/ADHD. Because ADD plays out differently based on learning style, processing style and communication style, the parent should find the school that either actively teaches in a variety of styles or specializes in the styles that best enable his/her child to learn. The parent should also consider aspects such as the child’s emotional age and if the child has already found his/her passion(s) in life. If the child is brilliant in computer programming and …

Teaching Laughter Yoga for Cancer Patients

Laughter Yoga – are you serious? Many Yoga teachers don’t even consider it. Yoga is a serious art, science, and way of life. Should we make it into a joke? Paul Jerard often says, “we have to learn to laugh at ourselves.” In fact, taking life too seriously could kill us. Next time you think about adding a new Yoga class to the schedule, you might want to smile while you’re doing it.

Evidently, laughter really is the best medicine. M. D. Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas, known for its innovative research and cutting-edge technology, recently added an unexpected weapon to its arsenal of complementary care alternatives. Laughter Yoga, a technique developed by an Indian doctor in 1995, provides a light-hearted, healthy break from the grueling pace of medical procedures and offers patients a chance to play and connect with each other.

Already growing in popularity, the use of laughing Yoga in the medical field gives additional credibility and exposure to a practice that can potentially help cancer patients deal with anxiety and find support. Consisting of three techniques, laughing Yoga engages practitioners with chanting and clapping, laughter, and meditation.

A study based on results from 20 people at the University of Maryland suggests that laughter might be as effective as aerobic exercise in keeping arteries healthy. According to “Psychology Today,” humor has far-reaching emotional and physical benefits:

• It increases creativity and problem-solving abilities.

• It creates a sense of connection and synchronizes brains within a group setting.

• It increases pain tolerance.

• It lowers blood sugar levels.

• It increases the flow of oxygen to the heart and brain.

• It strengthens immunity and regulates blood flow.

• It provides support by bringing people together.

“Science Daily” reported in 2008 that health care workers who care for terminally ill patients say that constructive wit is the key to coping on a daily basis, and evidence shows that students learn more quickly when humor is part of the lesson. At Swedish Cancer Hospital in Chicago, laughter Yoga accompanies chemotherapy, potentially helping patients and caregivers at the same time.

Although researchers are not sure exactly how laughter works, some theorize that it may increase feel-good endorphins or stimulate the production of nitric oxide in the walls of arteries. Clinical studies conducted in India, Austria, Bangalore, and the United States, however, claim their studies offer proof that Laughter Yoga lowers levels of stress hormones and decreases the likelihood of helplessness and depression.

People who have cancer live with stress and uncertainty, states that foster negative feelings. Laughing Yoga offers emotional and physical relief that can improve the quality of their lives and possibly allow them to live longer. Sometimes, Yoga instructors need to have a sense of humor.

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Pros And Cons Of Being A Tattoo Designer

Tattoo designers are one of the most well paid jobs in the industry. However, it is not that easy to a successful tattoo designer. Unless you really have the passion for the art, you can’t be very successful. Here are a few pros and cons of being a tattoo artist.

Pros

Being a tattoo designer has its pros, especially if you love your profession. It is satisfying to see your creativity getting inked on someone else’s body. It is interesting to note how people trust you completely as far as their safety and looks are concerned. If you take your jobs seriously, you will have a large number of clients following you. Even though there will be competition, you will be able to set your own mark in this niche.

Moneywise, like any other business, tattoo artists have highs as well as lows. When you have those ‘high’ times, money flow is fantastic. And it will be your good money managing skills that will help you in the end.

Before you become a full-fledged tattoo designer, you need to be an apprentice of an established tattoo designer. Most of the established tattoo designers love to help the youngsters. You will spend time cleaning and sterilizing their equipment or simply helping them to modify the designs. In the beginning you will be required to create designs on leather. Later you will be asked to work on human skin. This entire process will make you come close to the world of tattooing.

This is a life-long career, which will bring satisfaction to you. Your self-expression is at its best, and if you are giving quality work, your clients will be impressed and come back to you.

You get to meet like-minded people, people who are amazingly artistic and creative, who will have their opinions but would appreciate that you have the right to be in this industry.

Cons

Being a tattoo designer has its share of cons. Establishing yourself in the industry as a recognized artist can be a cumbersome uphill journey. Competition is very high. There are so many aspiring tattoo designers that you will be surprised to know, and creating your mark amongst them would not be an easy task.

Besides that there are so many expenses to take care of. For example you need to maintain sterilized equipment, you have to source and maintain equipment, you have to source all your drawing and art material. If you want to be a custom tattoo artist, then you have to always keep looking for great designs and either modify them or just practice your own skills by drawing, drawing and more drawing!

While money flow may be really good when the business is in boom, it may dwindle during holiday seasons when people go out of the town. It is at this time you have to manage your money in a way that you sustain your business as well as yourself. At those times you would love to ink any person …

Career Concerns – Selling Points For Overcoming Changing Jobs Too Often

If you're like many people you may have had a period of time in your Career where you had too many job changes. You feel that you may be perceived as chronic job hopper, a negative to many companies who consider a stable job history with a dependable, quality employee.

Selling Point number one is to consider your job hopping as paid training for this new position, paid for by past employers.

Selling Point number two is that with your diverse experience you will bring many other Skills, Knowledge and Abilities to the table none of their other candidates could possibly bring.

Selling Point number three is that by being new you have no preset habits and you can update your training by participating in all of the newest courses which will benefit the Team immediately.

Selling Point number four is that you bring new and fresh insights from a diverse set of employers and industries.

It is important that you begin with understanding the selling points, often those who have been job hoppers tend to feel inadequate. They tend to look upon their Career as having some problems, due to the lack of stability. When in fact your job hopping is your value, however you need to believe in yourself, and you need to know how to sell yourself, because if you do not believe in yourself no one else will either.

When discussing your previous positions observe how you describe that experience. When asked about it do you complain, or criticize your former employer? Do you defend yourself? Did you get hurt by the experience and feel disgruntled enough to complain about them? If you do any of these you need to stop IMMEDIATELY because your doing yourself great harm. Even if you were fired you still have immunity value to thousands of employers, employers who are hungry to higher people just like you.

Again you have to believe this fact yourself, if you are ever going to sell it to someone else. Begin by collecting stories of experiences that you enjoyed and times when you actually contributed significantly to your employer. Stories that would have them ask you 'How did you do that' that's when you will get employers and yourself to look past your job hopping and see your value. Tell them stories about the many programs you worked on, and the machines you helped build and the software you worked with. This gets you focused on what you can do for your next prospect employer and steers you away from your hurt and disgruntled feelings.

Look inside yourself and find the excitation when you consider all the opportunity ahead of you. When you find it share it with others, friends, family and prospective employers, that's what they want a hungry and highly motivated employee, someone like you. …