And that includes taking on the challenges of making new friends over 50; adjusting to a marital status change (for example) with both obstacles and opportunities; beginning a new career, of necessity or design; or plunging into an altogether new set of adventures by relocating – whatever your reasons for doing so.(And for my own most current adventure in starting over in a new place, pop by this 2018 relocation tale and this explicit additional advice.) As for the initial relocation challenge — where to go, based on individual needs — here is a related excerpted comment on starting over, from a reader by the name of Michelle: …Be open to their suggestions, their observations of your skills, and don’t be shy about enlisting them to assist in building a network. ) or pursuing graduate education — even at 50 or older — will open more doors.
When addressing the issue of starting over when we’re over 50, we often consider relocation in light of personal taste, desired lifestyle, and finances — both affordability and earning options.
But in middle age, the factors involved in where and how to make a fresh start are much more numerous, especially after divorce or widowhood. The enormity of starting over after age 50 can seem overwhelming.
Google is certainly not the only way that you can research, but it is an easy way to begin the process.
Likewise, for purposes of researching scholarship money that may be available to you.
All I know is I can barely survive on what I make now. ), I have to get some kind of specialized training… Who would like to jump in with their experience, ideas, or suggestions?
Who can contribute to input on relocating over 50, and how to prepare in terms of jobs and logistics?
That deserves consideration – whether we’re “starting over” or not. For all the hyper-cheerful spin we see around the web on “50 is the new 40” (and sometimes “60 is the new 40”), not to mention how “fabulous” the 50s are, the reality is that aging stigma still persists. How old is too old for becoming financially secure? Many people are so disheartened that they’ve simply stopped looking for work.
We all practice it to some degree (whether we wish to or not), though in different ways and with regard to different ages. For millions of Americans over 50, this isn’t a bad dream — it’s grim reality.
Should the reader who commented throw her arms up in the air and accept “barely surviving” while living with her widowed mother? Is the sky the limit if you’re healthy, a go-getter, and lucky? The Times article goes on to offer examples of individuals who retooled, took chances, relocated, and ultimately found new and financially viable careers. All “coaches” are most certainly not created equal!
But the examples don’t pertain to most of us, though the importance of networking, determination, taking risk and “a bit of luck” are essential. keep in mind that friends and acquaintances can be more helpful than you realize.
She began that process at 30, graduated at 40, and was extremely proud of that accomplishment. In her 60s, she went back to school again, this time in a continuing education program, more than anything for her own enjoyment.