Starting a new career in mid-life is scary…exciting. It can be the “do-over” we need to finally accomplish the things we wanted to do “when we grew up.” Often, this decision is thrust upon us by a corporate realignment, or “restructuring,” so GenXrestrux has been created as resource for those of us in Generation X who may be restructuring our lives. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, be sure to contact Jenn.

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When a Midlife Career Transition Means Reduced Income, Self-Employment Might Bridge the Gap

So you want to change careers, but you can’t afford a drastic income reduction. Or can you?

Social Distancing is Stressful for Introverts Too

As it turns out, in order for me to feel “safe and happy” in my sheltered little work-from-home-borderline-hermit lifestyle, I really NEED for everyone else to be happy, thriving, and out making the world go ’round. When they’re sad, I’m sad. When they’re stressed, I feel it too.

Should You Consider Crowdsourcing Jobs as Part of a Midlife Career Transition?

One of the primary advantages of crowdsourcing work is the flexibility of TIME. Many people in midlife are going through a career transition, caring for a family member, or dealing with a chronic illness. Short-task work can be a good way to pay the bills during this phase of life.

Diversifying a Career Transition: One way to Regain Control of your Life

A full-time side-gig strategy is not for everyone but if you are in the stage of life where a corporate career no longer appeals and if you have a bit of flexibility financially, you might want to consider this approach to working to (and through?) retirement.

Advanced Google Search for a Midlife Career Transition

So you’re going through a midlife career change. You still want or need to work for a few years prior to retirement but the job you were trained for no longer exists. How do you figure out what jobs to start looking for? What if you have no idea what you want to do now, or what you’re qualified to do? Here’s a good way to start: Google Advanced Search.

Rewiring Retirement

Generation X is not prepared for retirement, but the good news is that we probably won’t need to. If retirement homes are still “a thing” when our generation finally decides to move into one, it’ll mostly be for entertainment rather than need.

Transparent Separation: More Humane or just Passive-Aggressive?

“Transparent Separation” has been touted by HR professionals as an alternative to simply “canning” someone.  In this new improved version, the manager gives the employee an opportunity to quit but does not initially set an end date. From that point forward, every attempt is made to encourage the employee to leave, including giving them a good reference and time off for job interviews.

How will friends react to your midlife career change?

Nearly everyone you come in contact with during this transition is going to either have some very well-intentioned advice for you, or a horror-story about something that could go wrong with your new plan. Learn to handle these discussions with a sense of humor and not to take them to heart. Consider telling your very close friends and family members that what you really need right now is encouragement and space to work through this in your own way.

50+ and Considering Semi-Retirement as a Career Transition

Whether you’ve been forced into a job search due a layoff or a RIF, or whether you’re just feeling the need to make a career change, you may have considered semi-retirement. Here’s how to get ready, financially and mentally.