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posted 06 March 2005 06:22 PM      Profile for jianadaren     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Does anyone have any experience in changing careers when they are older? Or know someone who has done so. I have been teaching for a number of years and feel it is now time to "move on." The catch is that I am 50. Many detractors say that I am too old. Bolix to that I say! Last year I worked as a carpenter. I loved it.

Of course, I would like to know about older workers in Canada in general. I am under the impression that there are big changes afoot, but many people seem to be under the impression that older means dead or useless.

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posted 06 March 2005 06:33 PM      Profile for Mandos   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I know people who return to graduate school to achieve this effect.
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posted 06 March 2005 06:50 PM      Profile for radiorahim     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It all really depends on how financially secure you are. You'll have to ride out a substantial drop in income for a period of time while you switch from one career to another.

Many folks these days are being forced to make these kinds of changes late in life through unemployment.

On the other hand, if you switch from doing something that's causing you alot of stress to something that's less stressful, you may end up a little poorer but healthier...and end up living longer.

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