Tips For Women On The Verge Of A Career Change At 50
While the country slowly reopens, the shecession is still very alive and well. Millions of women have fallen out of the workforce in the past year. Others have stayed in at an enormous cost to their wellbeing - juggling caretaking responsibilities for children or aging parents, sharing workspace with partners, and holding everyone together. At the same […]
While the country slowly reopens, the shecession is still very alive and well. Millions of women have fallen out of the workforce in the past year. Others have stayed in at an enormous cost to their wellbeing - juggling caretaking responsibilities for children or aging parents, sharing workspace with partners, and holding everyone together.
At the same time, our work with women in midlife at EvolveMe shows that this time also offers an opportunity. A period to reset and realign work with who you are now and who you want to become on the other side of the health crisis.
Do one or more of these situations resonate with you now?
Have you been in the same role or industry too long and want a next chapter?
Are you ready to head back to the paid workforce after a break?
Furloughed, laid off?
Emerging from a life transition such as divorce or a health crisis?
Are you a new empty nester, wondering what’s next for you?
Or part of the sandwich generation with children and aging parents?
You may be wondering if it’s really possible to make a change as you approach 50 and beyond. Time and again in our work with women who are transitioning careers in midlife, we hear these fears:
Is it too late?
What do I have to offer?
Am I too old?
Will my skills be relevant?
Will I be perceived as unable to keep up with the latest technology?
EvolveMe’s co-founder Linda Lautenberg is in the running for the Forbes 50 Over 50 list for women who’ve achieved significant success later in life as part of the "Know Your Value" initiative. We’re role modeling by celebrating ALL the wins — big and small and everything in between.
The 50 Over 50 nomination received so much attention. Thousands of women viewed the post in social media and hundreds took time to comment and share:
You give hope and direction to so many and you exemplify your very own model!
This is excellent and I’m in the same demographic club!
Congrats to the nominees! I’m 61 and proud of it!
Congrats! So nice to see women with decades of wisdom and experience be recognized!
Contrast these sentiments with the fearful thoughts at the beginning of this article. This is what happens when women see what’s possible through examples of women just like them.
Here’s a recipe for jumpstarting any type of career change at 50 and beyond.
Once you start taking action on a routine basis — even in the smallest ways — it will become a habit to share your new ideas. Think about what that looks like for you and make it habit to use your voice to show the world what makes you unique!
We know women in midlife often feel invisible. We’re over 50 million strong and a force to be reckoned with. You don’t have to go at this alone!
Judy Schoenberg, Ed.M., co-founder of EvolveMe, is a career strategist and leadership expert for women in midlife career transition who are exploring a return to the workforce after a break or pivoting careers.
Through the DARE method of career reinvention she developed with her co-founder, Judy helps cohorts of highly credentialed and experienced women gain clarity in career direction and the confidence to show their value and pursue new opportunities. Her clients land new roles, start businesses and secure project based work (even during the pandemic!). Judy’s clients describe the virtual group programs she leads with EvolveMe as “life-changing” and “the best professional investment in themselves they’ve ever made”. The EvolveMe community is several thousand women strong — it’s a midlife career reinvention movement!
A graduate of Harvard University and former national executive for Girl Scouts of the USA, Judy has been featured in Forbes.com, CNN.com, Reuter’s World at Work, The Washington Post, at White House events and in Fairygodboss.com and the Ellevate Network. She’s been a guest on podcasts like Life After Corporate, Hello Career Guru, Time of Your Life, and Warriors at Work. Judy lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, two sons and a feisty rescue dog.
Linda Lautenberg is a return to work expert, women’s career advancement strategist and champion for all midlife career changers.
A Harvard Business School graduate and a Chartered Financial Analyst, Linda has been featured in Forbes.com, CNN.com, Reuter’s World at Work, Ellevate Network and Fairygodboss.com. She’s been a guest on podcasts like Life After Corporate, Hello Career Guru, Time of Your Life, iRelaunch, and Warriors at Work. Prior to her own professional reinvention, she led a highly successful career in real estate finance and securitization.
Article written by: Orville Lynch, Jr.
Mr. Lynch, a member of the legendary two-time Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame Award winning Lynch Family.
Mr. Lynch is a nationally recognized urban media executive with over 20+ years of diversity recruitment and serial entrepreneur with numerous multi-million dollar exits.