Would you have the courage to change your career and get back to school if you were in your early or late 50’s? Can you study for and pass a college exam? Both Jack and Sam, that are inside their 50’s, chose to create major career changes by becoming teachers, certainly one of high school science, one other of elementary age children.
Layoffs and business decline led to thoughts of “what do I actually 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 off from another company as the pinnacle of the IS department. The thought of teaching never crossed his mind until a buddy suggested he apply for a six-week position teaching chemistry. “25 years back I would have laughed at the suggestion of being a teacher. The greatest surprise is that I enjoy teaching “.
How easy could it be to decide with this magnitude? Sam, who is currently 59 years of age, wishes he had done it ten years sooner. ” I wish someone had blown in my ear what’you have the ability try this’and maybe I would have considered it earlier “.Although he owned their own business for quite some time, it hadn’t been very satisfying. Finally, economics helped him opt to close the business enterprise and search for a thing that had more meaning. As a former captain in the Air Force, Sam found an application for veterans that helped him with the price of his education for his new career.
Jack had the help of a lifetime career coach who helped him see possibilities and loosen up of his comfort zone. “I can’t emphasize an excessive amount of that without my coach I’d still be sitting in the home, sending out resumes.”
For both men, money wasn’t the only real motivator inside their decision to show to teaching. Rather, a seek out meaning and purpose led the choice.’Teaching is definitely different and challenging” said Sam, “The elementary children are fun, interesting and always smiling. Money was easy, so my motivation is how can I make them in a few 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 exact same even though I’m teaching the exact same thing.” Sam continued to express that he found teaching a lot more important than selling a product. His job provides a way 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 option inside their career path. Sam also taught business courses at an area community college. He found, however, that he preferred working with elementary children as opposed to adults and had more patience with the kids.
Although both men are happy making use of their decision to return to school, this process hasn’t been without challenges. “The initial semester was rough,” stated Jack. ” It have been 26 years since college. I’d to learn how to study and organize myself and it took some time to get involved with an agenda, it did not return all of a sudden. I’d to obtain through the initial confusion and the classes weren’t easy. One other students had just turn out of high school and knew how to review and take a test.” Sam agreed that studying for and taking tests is just a big challenge.” It requires me longer to understand and recalling information sometimes is a challenge “.
And what is it like to be in a classroom, learning with students that are 19-21 years of age? Jack is surprised at how well he has been accepted by younger students. He did have an incident when he taught his first lab as a teaching assistant. One of many students assumed that he was a professor and addressed him as one. Jack was quick to allow the student know that he too was a student.
Despite 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 keep working. Sam feels that teaching offers him some flexibility and options in later retirement years. For example, if he chooses to relocate, he’d be able to get a teaching job in the brand new location. Jack advises,” I think that you have to have open mind at my age to express that I could need to do something else to move forward with my life.”
Joanne Waldman is just 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.