Sunday, December 30, 2012

5 areas for civilian and military retirees to focus on in 2013.

5 areas for civilian and military retirees to focus on in 2013.

Was this past year an employment bust for you?  Are you stuck in neutral?  Do you know what you want to do?  Starting or restarting a career in today's fast changing environment presents challenges that require skills and knowledge. Be positive, the New Year is here, and with it comes new possibilities for growth, upward mobility and more that you can take advantage of....  Here's how:

1.  Refocus - Develop a Mission/Plan:  If your supplementing your retirement income, your in a great position to something you want to do.  If not, you still have incredible experience and skills that organizations need and want.  You can highlight this into a career that you want!  Start listening to yourself, write down what your good at and see how you can leverage and benchmark your experience and skills into an exciting career that you would like to pursue.

2.  Sharpen Your Saw:  Listen to the marketplace and see what's happening in information technology.  The world is moving into computing (computers, networking) technology.  Take quality certificate courses to get up to speed quickly.  Be well versed in digital, mobile, cloud computing, software or anything computer related.

3.  Get Your Degree:  We find 85% of the retired workforce has taken some type of college credit-based courses.  Look at the new educational degrees that are being offered, see what your interested in and is related to your Mission/Plan, get your courses/credits transferred and finish your degree!

4.  Start Your Own Business:  Probably based on your experience, you have established a network of contacts and developed a number of ideas that could springboard you into a self-sustaining business.  Today, you can also start an E-Business with very little upfront investment and capital.  Do your homework and learn why better than 90% of new businesses fail and learn how to assure your venture succeeds...

5.  Stay Healthy and Enjoy Your Family:   You worked hard or served your country for a long time, so it's more important than ever to strategically target a career that you'll enjoy.  If you accomplish your Mission and Plan, balancing a career you really enjoy will improve your family life and keep your mind, body and spirit healthy!

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