Five Tips for Finding Your Second Career


Nelson J. Rodriguez, MBA
By Nelson J. Rodriguez, MBA
If you’re nearing retirement and want—or  need—to continue working, take heart: a second career can be a time of finally doing what you love to do and leveraging the knowledge and experience of your past.
Here are five tips to help you find and prepare for the right second career for you.

  1. Start thinking about your second career now. No matter when you plan to retire from your current job, it’s never too early to start thinking about your life “2.0.” In fact, the longer timeframe you have to plan, the better.  If you’re serious about a specific area, take a class, volunteer or offer to help out for free to get exposure to that business or industry.
  2. Take stock of your goals and objectives. Take some time to step back from the rat race and really think about what you want to do in the future. What is important to you? What are you naturally gifted at? Do you want to work for yourself? Do you want to make a positive difference with your work? Your second career should be strongly connected to your inner desires and goals. Even if you don’t have the experience in that area yet, like the saying goes, if you want something badly enough, you’ll make it happen.
  3. Start cleaning up the clutter. When it comes time to segue to a second career, it will be a lot easier if your life is in financial order. Start paying down debt, make sure your credit score is strong. Consider some small lifestyle changes that will reduce stress and increase peace and organization in your life.
  4. Get and stay healthy. It’s true: when you are physically fit, you have more energy and are mentally sharper to face the challenges ahead. Starting a second career will take an incredible amount of energy, both mental and physical. Start getting in shape now for your future career.
  5. Get out there and network. The best way to find your second career—the one that’s right for you—is to start networking, meeting people, asking questions and getting exposure to the fields that interest you. If floral design is your thing, offer to volunteer Saturdays at a flower shop to learn the trade. Take advantage of social networking pages that focus on your fields of choice. Read books on it. Take one small action everyday toward your goal.

Consider a Career as a Life Insurance Agent
As you stand poised to experience new opportunities, consider this: why not choose a second career that will positively impact not only you, but those in your community as well?
A career as a life insurance agent and financial professional can offer many benefits, including the potential to make a significant income, the chance to work for yourself on your own schedule and the opportunity to learn and grow from other experienced and successful professionals.
In addition to the financial rewards you may receive, as a life insurance agent you can take pride in the fact that you are making a difference in the lives of others by helping your clients build a more secure future for their families, while helping them protect what matters most: the ones they love. That can impact families in your community for generations to come. And you don’t need previous sales experience or a college degree — just the commitment and courage to succeed.
This educational third-party article is being provided as a courtesy by Nelson J. Rodriguez, MBA. For additional information on the topic(s) discussed, please contact him at (860) 298-1053. Neither New York Life, nor its agents, provides tax, legal or accounting advice. Please consult your own tax, legal or accounting professional before making any decisions.