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.
Tag: generation x
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.
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.
How can you have withdrawals from a job you didn’t like?
Slightly more pleasant than eating an elephant one bite at a time.
Your career is only as successful as your next opportunity.
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7 NKJV)
“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.
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.
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.
Why are we trying so hard to be accepted where we aren’t wanted? The battle to get in the door is usually easy compared to the one you’ll be fighting every day after you get in.