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Susan is 54 years old – and she’s a little scared. After twenty plus years in her job she finds herself looking at new employment options. She hadn’t planned on this.
But she’s not alone. Susan is one of the Baby Boomers, part of that post-World War II generation of newborns between 1946 and 1964, one of the offspring of a nation swelling with prosperity when she came on the scene.
The plentiful jobs that once typified this generation have slipped away – as have the lifetime employment contracts. The realities of a world economy and the fight for competitive advantage have created a perfect imperfect storm for many workers.
The storm’s fall-out has been massive, especially for Boomers like Susan. I asked Tim Cole, CEO of The Compass Alliance and author of The Compass Solution: A Guide to Winning Your Career to speak to some of the challenges Boomers face when changing jobs
In my experience, three common resistances stand out:
It begins with Boomers asking themselves tough questions. Here are five career-changing questions that can help change “stagnant” thinking.
For many years I’ve used what I call “The Career Divorce Ten” to offer guidance for those searching for answers to the question, “Should I move on?” Ask yourself:
Reinvention requires – no, it demands! – the capacity to ask tough questions and the tenacity and strength of character required to answer them.
Many Baby Boomers like Susan are.
Thunderbird School of Global Management Alumna Dana Manciagli '84 is the author of "Cut the crap, Get a job". With her 'Career Mojo' column, Dana is the sole syndicated career columnist for the Business Journal nationwide. Her remarkable profile includes a career in global sales and marketing for Fortune 500 corporations like Microsoft, IBM, and Kodak. She has coached, interviewed and hired thousands of job seekers. This article was originally published on her website.