As the Boomer generation matures, their career approaches often do the opposite.
It’s understandable. After decades of experience, we sometimes begin to coast, leaning on “what’s worked before.” But the problem is that “what’s worked before” rarely “works today.” Boomers are realizing this faster than they want to, many losing jobs and others finding themselves stuck in a career rut with plenty of good years ahead.
Every worker should be looking for ways to expand their skills. That means continued networking, learning new technologies and/or boldly recommending and leading change within an organization.
It won’t be easy. I’ve worked with a large number of Boomers as they seek out career help so that they can “finish strong.” But as I reassure them, they shouldn’t look at it as finishing, but rather the beginning of a new chapter.
I actually just read a great article titled 3 Ways Baby Boomers Can Stay Relevant in a Changing Job Market. If you’re a Boomer (or near the age of one), I highly recommend you start here, get some ideas, and then really dig deep personally to uncover what you need to do to make the most of every year of your career!