Rather than making one cataclysmic change in our work lives, we Boomers can investigate possible new scenarios by performing small experiments. Try something–evaluate it–try a variation of it. At this stage of the game, we do not have to search for our one true self but consider all the many selves we could be.
In her book Retire Retirement, Tamara Erickson recommends that Boomers think about what form of expression our work could take (writing, teaching, selling); something we have dreamed of doing; any charitable cause we want to support; hobbies we’d like to pursue, and unmet needs in the marketplace.
Erickson suggests that experiments follow some basic rules:
- Be clear on what you are testing.
- Decide on what you want to learn from the experiment.
- Take time to debrief afterwards to discover what worked and what didn’t work or what you liked or didn’t like.
- Know that failure is an acceptable outcome–this is one item you can cross off the list!
As we begin making our list of possible new career opportunities, Erickson says to consider:
- A different size company. If you work for a large company, consider a smaller company.
- Consulting opportunities
- Something different in your current company
- Government jobs or the public sector
- Overseas assignments, including teaching English
- Fields with known shortages
- Hobbies or recreational pursuits
- Causes we want to support
- Local needs
- Locations we love
The key, she says, is taking ACTION. Do more, plan less.
What’s on your list?