Wednesday, 10 February 2016

“Career Challenges and Opportunities for Middle-aged Professionals (Gen X)” ―Professor M.S.Rao

“It's not what you achieve, it's what you overcome. That's what defines your career.” ― Carlton Fisk

Each generation encounters a specific set of career challenges. For instance, the Gen Y feels that lack of experience is an obstacle; Gen X is beset with family responsibilities and challenges; and Baby boomers feel the challenge of reinvention due to rapid growth in technology.  In this post, let us address the career challenges for middle age professionals who are mostly Gen X sandwiched between Gen Y and Baby boomers, and are caught between the highly intelligent and ambitious Gen Y and experienced Baby boomers who hold on to their fort. 

The middle-aged professionals often crave for second careers having explored their first careers. They crave for change to provide meaning to their careers and lives. At times, they don’t find any clarity in their career goals. Added to their woes are family responsibilities, children’s education and health aspects. At times, they have to sacrifice their career opportunities for the sake of their children’s career and settlement. They are in the transition stage which is very crucial either to make or break in their careers. 

Middle age is also an opportunity to focus on your passionate areas and charity activities if you are relieved from financial and family responsibilities. Some professionals pursue incompatible career goals in their initial career stage due to constraints and money requirements. Hence, it is an opportunity for them to start second innings on a clean slate as per their wishes and desires. It also helps reinvent and rebrand themselves as per the changing times and technologies. They can also participate in nonprofits to make a difference to the society. They can blend and leverage their experience to chart further course in their careers. Hence, the middle age is both a challenge and opportunity. It all depends on how they perceive and convert their challenges into opportunities to fast-track their careers.

“If the career you have chosen has some unexpected inconvenience, console yourself by reflecting that no career is without them.” ― Jane Fonda

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Professor M.S.Rao, India
Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants India
Recipient of 10th International Prestigious Sardar Patel Award―2015
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