I looked up “midlife careers” to see what I’d find. I usually find some stupid advice that doesn’t help anyone that someone obviously pulled out of their ass. Today I found this gem:
When I read these I had hoped to see some real career ideas but all I saw was Jobs. Jobs that people will do because they have no choice and need the cash. The only one that might have promise is the one I do: Ghostwriting. But, not everyone can do that. I was just really surprised about some of these.
Let’s go through them.
Career Coach — Hmmm I don’t know if this is a good idea. If you weren’t happy with your own career how in the hell are you going to help others find a good career. And, does this actually pay?
Medical Assistant — Really? I don’t know. I’m old. I don’t want to stand on my feet all day, in an uncomfortable bend over position. Do people KNOW what a medical assistant does. It’s more like urine cleaner or diaper changer. No thanks. I do admire people who do that, but I did that enough as a mother.
Custom Garment Maker — OK, that sounds kind of interesting. If someone can sew, and is creative, that’s perfectly good. It’s very hard for someone to break in at any age, so you better be able to live off your savings if you’re going this route.
Assisted-living Facility Professional — Yea, these jobs pay about 8 bucks an hour in my town. No thanks. I also hope like hell my kids keep me out of one of these places when I need assistance.
Financial Adviser — Well, you do have to go to school for this. A degree and license is required. I don’t see many jobs for this right now. Most average people don’t have money to invest.
Tour Guide — Really? This could be fun, if you live in a tour-able place and you have the start up funds.
Private Investigator — Yea. Sure. Someone watches too much crime TV.
Sustainability Coordinator — I think someone made this up.
Ghostwriter — This can be lucrative, I won’t lie. But it can also be brutal. I get offered wonderful pay from some, to the tune of 1 dollar a page. No kidding. It can also be brutal on the wrists.
Home Care Assistant — Yea, 8 dollars an hour.
While the article seems well researched with quotes from actual people, I just wonder about the feasibility of most of these careers for the over 50 set. They just seem to “job like” to me and not “career like”.
So, what is the definition of a career as opposed to a job?
To me a career is something that:
- Pays enough to live and plan for the future
- Is intellectually stimulating
- Makes me excited to get up in the morning
- Requires some planning and moving up to obtain
- Something that gets better with hard work
I’m not sure how many of those careers for the over 50 set fit in with that.
Wikipedia says: An occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person’s life and with opportunities for progress.
I still don’t think most of these choices qualify for the word “career” to be in the title of this article.