Would you’ve the courage to alter your career and return to school if you’re in your early or late 50’s? Can you study for and pass a college exam? Both Jack and Sam, who’re in their 50’s, chose to create major career changes by becoming teachers, one of senior school science, the other of elementary age children.
Layoffs and business decline led to thoughts of “what do I really do now with my entire life?” Jack had worked as a chemist in his first career, and even features a master’s degree in chemistry. During his years of employment at one company, Jack took on more and more computer duties and eventually transitioned out of chemistry into IS. Years later he was laid faraway from another company as the head of the IS department. The notion of teaching never crossed his mind until a friend suggested he apply for a six-week position teaching chemistry. “25 years back I could have laughed at the suggestion of becoming a teacher. The largest surprise is that I enjoy teaching “.
How easy is it to make a decision of this magnitude? Sam, who’s currently 59 years of age, wishes he had used it 10 years sooner. ” I wish someone had blown within my ear what’you find a way do this’and maybe I could have considered it earlier “.Although he owned his own business for several years, it had not been very satisfying. Finally, economics helped him decide to close the company and seek out a thing that had more meaning. As a former captain in the Air Force, Sam found a program for veterans that helped him with the price of his education for his new career.
Jack had the help of a vocation coach who helped him see possibilities and loosen up of his comfort zone. “I can’t emphasize a lot of that without my coach I’d be sitting at home, sending out resumes.”
For both men, money wasn’t the sole motivator in their decision to show to teaching. Rather, a look for meaning and purpose led the choice.’Teaching is always different and challenging” said Sam, “The elementary students are fun, interesting and always smiling. Money was easy, so my motivation is how do I help them in certain form-by asking questions, offering guidance, giving answers. This certainly isn’t boring and very self-satisfying for me teach to one. No day is the same even though I am teaching the same thing.” Sam went on to say he found teaching much more important than selling a product. His job provides an opportunity to be innovative as he makes great efforts to keep his classes interesting and not repetitious.
Both men started their exploration by doing some substitute teaching to see if this was truly an alternative in their career path. Sam also taught business courses at a nearby community college. He found, however, he preferred working with elementary children in place of adults and had more patience with the kids.
Although both men are happy making use of their decision to return to school, this process has not been without challenges. “The very first semester was rough,” stated Jack. ” It had been 26 years since college. I had to learn to study and organize myself and it took a little while to get into a plan, it did not keep coming back each of a sudden. I had to have through the initial confusion and the classes weren’t easy. The other students had just emerge of senior school and knew how to examine and take a test.” Sam agreed that studying for and taking tests is really a big challenge.” It will take me longer to learn and recalling information sometimes is a challenge “.
And what’s it like to stay a classroom, learning with students who’re 19-21 years of age? Jack is surprised at how well he’s been accepted by younger students. He did have an event when he taught his first lab as a teaching assistant. One of many students assumed he was a professor and addressed him as one. Jack was quick to allow the student know he too was a student.
Even with the common age of first retirement at 57, neither man foresees retiring in the near future. As with most baby boomers, these men are choosing to continue working. Sam feels that teaching offers him some flexibility and options in later retirement years. As an example, if he chooses to relocate, he’d manage to get a teaching job in the brand new location. Jack advises,” I believe you’ve to have open mind at my age to say that I could need to take action else to maneuver forward with my life.”
Joanne Waldman is really a trailblazer in global learning and personal/career and retirement coaching so her alma mater recognized her with the Citation of Merit for Outstanding Achievement and Meritorious Service.
In 2001 she started New Perspective Coaching. Previously, Joanne consulted with Fortune 500 companies. Joanne trains coaches for International Coach Academy and Retirement Options. Awarded the Master Career Counselor title, Joanne also earned her Professional Certified Coach designation.