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How to Handle a Career Move When You’re Over 45

A guide to dealing with a career change as a mature worker. If you don’t know where to start, here’s a way forward.

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This is a companion guide to Over 45 and Looking for Work: A Guide to Midlife Career Moves.

You can quickly feel overwhelmed when you face a career change. It helps to take small steps. Track your journey with this guide that includes the alis resources mentioned in the article.

We suggest working through these other guides as well to help you navigate your career transition:

How to Handle a Career Move When You’re Over 45
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A career change can be hard, especially if you didn’t expect it. Learn about the 3 stages that most people go through when adjusting to change.
If you are looking for work as a mature worker, common beliefs about aging can work for you or against you. Learn how to combat negative stereotypes and take advantage of positive ones.
As factors in your life evolve, so do your financial needs and career objectives. In times of change, make sure your career plan and financial goals support each other.
To find work that’s the best fit for you, you’ll need to understand your work preferences. These preferences will reflect your most important skills, interests, and values.
A global marketplace, flexible work week, and ongoing technology updates are offering countless choices for the way Albertans work.
You want to make good education and career decisions. Discover how labour market information can help you find trends and opportunities in the job market.
Organizations are hiring all the time, even when they choose not to advertise. The trick is finding these hidden jobs. Here’s how.
If you left high school early, if you need a few more credits or better marks, or if you attended school in a country with different requirements, you might want to consider upgrading or finishing high school.
Think about the skills and knowledge you need to stay current and to prepare for the future. Then use the following tips to increase your effectiveness as you learn for work.
As a mature worker, you may find today’s competitive labour market very different from the last time you looked for work. Learn how to navigate the new reality, and where to get support.
Access career services and related information, including student funding information, at Alberta Supports Centres in your area of Alberta.
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