There are plenty of employers looking for skilled employees who can hit the ground running and don’t need a lot of time to get up to speed in their area of need. That’s especially true for a startup company. Startups can use the expertise of a seasoned professional but may not have the budget for a full-time employee. Your knowledge and experience is a valuable resource that startups need and can make the difference in the success or failure of a new business.
Be aware that things have changed in the world of startup businesses, especially since Internet and technology-based companies have exploded. You will almost certainly find yourself in a workplace setting with much younger people all around you. The atmosphere may be different from anything you’ve ever experienced in your professional life so you may have to learn to make some adjustments in your expectations of how an office is run and exactly what an office looks like. You may find that work hours and work locations are more flexible and you’ll need to learn to communicate with your colleagues in ways that weren’t used at your previous place of employment. Social media has become a huge part of the business world now and you may have to sign up for a Twitter, Instagram or other social media account just to stay on top of what the latest trends are. You may find the dress code is extremely casual and everyone comes to work in a t-shirt, shorts, and flip-flops. Hey, that’s not at all bad if you’ve had to put on a suit and tie every day for the first 30 years of your career.
You may also want to consider starting a new career path. If you’ve been working in an industry for the last 30 years and don’t want to return to the same old grind, don’t be afraid to set out on new, uncharted waters. At this time in your life, something new may be just what the doctor ordered. It’s liberating to start with a whole new outlook on life and the knowledge that the world won’t come to an end if it doesn’t work out the way you planned. What are some of the career dreams of your past that you’ve put off to raise a family, pay off the mortgage and put the kids through college? Now’s the time to think about making those dreams come true. Maybe you’ve always wanted to start your own business. Now’s the time! What’s the worst that your friends and family will say? “I think grandpa and grandma have a few screws loose, they’re thinking about starting their own business. Don’t they know they are too old for that?” There are plenty of Baby Boomers out there who have started successful businesses after retirement. They’ve started delivery services, bed and breakfasts, Internet marketing companies, consulting agencies and the list goes on and on. The point is, do something that will make you happy and make you money too.