10 new careers after age 50

Celebrating another birthday doesn't mean you're stuck in a line of work you chose decades earlier. Age and experience can be assets in a new field.

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Feb 9, 2012 1:08PM
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This article is a joke.  Age discrimination is alive and well. Over 50 with lots of knowledge and experience?  NOBODY CARES.  They will ALWAYS hire a younger person with less skills for less money. ALWAYS.
Feb 15, 2012 1:22PM
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Let me just convey what happened with my company. There was a 28 year old HR Specialist with her masters degree who hired all of the 20 something's. Production and profits continued on the down side. One day that HR specialist was gone and the CEO took over. He hired 40 and 50 year old workers. Production is up. Absenteeism and overtime to cover for the absent is down. Once again we are getting profit sharing checks.
Feb 9, 2012 12:44AM
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I am over 50 and gone to several interviews and heard "wow I would love to have someone with your experience and credentials.  We'll definitely get back to you!"  Still waiting to hear from them.  The reality in America is that older workers are discriminated against.  But that's just part of life. 
Feb 9, 2012 1:15PM
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Who the F comes up with this S***T. If your over 50 and your not a  CEO,Doctor, Politician, or Lawyer nobody wants you. Our society use to respect older people for their wisdom now we treat them like crap. The Pepsi Generation rules. I see the SPAMERS have found you though. My employer thinks old people are human garbage. Pray for the world.
Feb 9, 2012 1:17AM
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 I list the definitions below after 28 years experience and 107 resumes sent since 2008:

 

"Over qualified" in actuality really means the following:

 

You are too old

You are closer to retirement

You are more expensive to insure

You were making to much money

You would probably leave soon as you found a better paying job Oh and you 23 can F.O.& D. ;)

May 10, 2012 1:47PM
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I turned 50 this year.  I work for a University as a computer support specialist and working for myself in IT on the side.  My employer doesn't pay much at all, health benefits cut off when/if I retire, and no pension.  I'll have to drop dead at work so that my life insurance will help my family eat!  What a country the USA has become!
Feb 15, 2012 7:12AM
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I am a human resources professional.  I have never seen worse employment advice!    Is this writer a grown up with a mortgage?  Can this writer live on minimum wage as a caregiver, or chasing tourist dollars in a foreign country as a tour guide -- a lot of locals compete at low wages for those jobs.  I bet this writer has no one over 50 who is in our position.  If his job security was tied to these review postings as a performance measure, he'd be GONE!  Fire this fool and hire any one of the fine people who posted!  That would be the first step in in the right direction.  Fellow posters, if you cannot find a job and you have a skill to make something to sell, there is a site called ecrater.com that will let you do business for free...you will need a paypal account.  I am doing a little bit of everything to make ends meet, as there are no real jobs here in the Metro Detroit area in my field, can't sell the house, basically trapped here!  Best wishes to all of you - keep fighting and don't give up.

Feb 15, 2012 6:10AM
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Isn't it amazing how many un-employed workers are in the 50-60 age range now. If a company wants to downsize, they release their older workers 1st. I feel this is a crime. There is no loyalty to the smarter, wiser workforce. So these smarter, wiser employees have the task of re-inventing themselves into different careers and become successful again.

This is America where we treat our older treasures with less respect. The company motto is Go out and do what you really want to do. Well excuse me but I was doing fine here. Do not lay off the talented staff. Keep them to teach your college grads how to file alphabetically. Unfortunately, these younger workers are not as talented and need to be trained to do everything. They can't spell without spellcheck. They can't add without a calculator. They can't do anything without an App.

Yes the workforce in America is terrific. Keep up the good work Greedy Corporations. They are people too according to Mitt Romney.

Apr 10, 2012 11:37AM
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I am 52, Lost my job back in Aug of 2011, worked part time doing masonry work but was let go because I wasn't fast enough and told lack of work, I was replaced by a younger person, I've filed out countless Job app's and registered on countless job sites, the only work I've found was a short order cook at a bar 6 hours a week, with little pay and no benefits, I was always told that age discrimination was against the law, but you must prove it, employers don't want older people that have a wealth of knowledge and experience, that cost money to them, they want inexperienced kids so they can pay them less, it is becoming more and more apparent that the generation I am in is to be cast aside and forgotten, with no regard to what our generation has contributed to this country and to the world, this article makes me want to shake someone for even conceiving it and printing it, what has this country been reduced to?
Feb 11, 2012 2:52AM
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Well......10 months ago, I picked up the phone, called XY College in Phoenix. After 10 months I had my certificate, and well onto my career path. I'm just 64 too. Today I got to wipe two old ladies asses, one had used her hand and smeared crap all into her hair, washed it out, helped one old codger take a leak...although he pissed all over himself and me too. For $7.50 per hour it can't be beat. I surely hope my kids get the advantages I have. The pay barely puts food on the table. Hell, I need to lose weight anyway. I don't worry about bills, as I can't pay them. I signed for a loan amounting to $ 6500.00 plus interest. I guess my grandkids will have to eventually pay it off. It's only for 15 years payback at 33.5%. Ain't healthcare the greatest? Wonder how many asses I get to clean tomorrow?

 

This joker, writer of this article, Daniel Buckzspan should be a kindergarten fantasy novel writer. He'd be good at that. He's not in the real world anyway.

Feb 8, 2012 11:44PM
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Medical Assistant?
Assisted-Living facility professional?
Financial Adviser?
Home Care Assistant?

Give me a break. We need ideas that are obtainable and don't require specialized schooling. Let's face it, when we get to this age range most employers will actually say we are too old for this. They will say it another way to keep it legal.

Ghost writer? There are so many freelance writers out there already that market has become satirated. Tour guides will be seasonal. Garment Making? Where did that one come from.

All I can say is WOW!


Feb 9, 2012 2:40PM
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The writer has absolutely NO idea what he was saying about average Americans on the block. I am 55. I know what is like in the workplace. I don't intend to put up with much BS at work place @ this old age no more. Life is much shorter after 55, I think I deserve to be myself at any situation. I used to make $30.00 an hour before I got laid off. I went school again, then the maximum offer I have gotten was $12-$13 an hour, since I don't have experience. WTF! Where America is heading...But I think I am still doing better than most @ my age group. I wish the writer could sit down with the real 50 plus Americans.
Apr 23, 2012 11:37AM
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Quit running this over and over and get an article together with real options. Many of these suggestions are for jobs that need certificates that cost thousands of dollars but will not pay much more that $12 or $13 an hour!
Feb 8, 2012 11:47PM
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Where do you people come up with these ideas, just how many people over 50 would these jobs employ, not a lot. God do these writers live in a paper world, never had a hair out of place, or wanted for anything in their lifes, and never been without, God help the normal person who made it to 50 or 60 in this new world, because the the people hiring think anyone over 50 is brain dead, boy is it going to be fun 20 years from now when they are 50 and out of a job LOL,LOL,....
Feb 15, 2012 9:16AM
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What a load. The only thing worse then looking for work and being over 50 is looking for work, being over 50 and a non minority.
Feb 23, 2012 7:01PM
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Is it just me or does anyone else hate MSN's format for these stories (such as "10 careers" or "15 Top Cities") wherein you have to click the arrow to see the next one and the darn screen hops all over the place? Why can't the format be where you just hit ENTER and it takes you to the next one or have them presented on one page where you can simply scroll to the next item?
Feb 15, 2012 6:14PM
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reality is I need a job, I have worked and contributed to this Government since I was in the 8th grade in 1968 I am now 56 years old, I qualify for no assistance I have no family to go and live in the basement with until I pass away. These are real stories of older people who have been tossed aside, who still could be productive.   My wife passed away a few years ago, I look at all she payed into social security, what a joke that all that money is gone, I could be living off of her benefits had Social Security had pre 62 or pre 65 survivor benefits. Yet Government Employee's who wages and retirements we pay for get benefits if a spouse passes, just like our Congress does, those of us who have worked hard in the private sector have been screwed over by the Government Federal, State and Local
Feb 9, 2012 10:01AM
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One of the problems you have, when you are older, and looking for a job is you may be more qualified that the person interviewing you. They will look at you and think, I don't want to hire this person because if the boss sees how well they do their job, they might give my job to them. Most people want to hire people less qualified than they are so their job in never in question. Why would you hire someone and six months later, your out the door, and they get your old job?
Feb 8, 2012 10:58PM
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This are more to reality 11 best  new carriers for people over 50 without a job!!!!!!!

1 Technical supervisor for hamburger flippers

2  Mature coordinator for ready to salt french fries

3 Senior supervisor for as.. wiping old people

4 Technical engineering for refusal dumping

5 Parking lot manager for collecting shopping carts at malls

6 Senior parks  director for pigeon feeders

7 CEO for member attending bathrooms at Burger  Join

8 Engineering supervisor for dishwashers at chinese restaurant

9 Director of lettuce cutting at taco place

10 Senior Chief and supervisor coordinator director for tomatoes crushing at pizza place

I  saved number 11 for last my favorite new and current new carrier Viagra Supervisor Senior tester. GOOD LUCK GETTING a GOOD JOB AFTER 50 you going to need every bit of help and humor.

 

 

Apr 23, 2012 1:01PM
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I am 68 and still cannot believe that this country is still having people who are making  thousands of dollars are having a hard time deciding what to do about the retirement, Medicare,issues. 

Who put you in the spots you are in.  I voted ever since the day I was able, taught all my 4 children to vote faithfully.  I'm trying to make it.  My rent is half of my pension, including utilities, then in a cpl wks comes my SSN payment.  Then of course other bills, high gas for my car and I can't ride a bike, or walk to a bus.  Then my Medicare and AARP are taking a bunch of money and keeps going up, even though it is a good plan but you are talking about raising it, and it does keep going up, and up, and up.  A little tiny raise is appreciated, of course.  I've always been a Democrat, but I don't know who to trust anymore, who to believe for the first time in my life. All your talk is confusing between each other.  Nothing seems clear and it seems very very scary. This is how my life is going, I thought my life would be a little more peaceful at my age.   I never

ever had dreams like this.  I use to love life and smile a lot.  Eugenia Kamler

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