I was delighted to be a guest recently on MacsList podcast to discuss how to create a second-act career. During the show I noted that many people find it daunting to plan for their second act career, and outlined three steps to help with the process:
- Introspection — Think about what you want, and how you want to do it.
- Idea Generation — Get out there, and research your options.
- Experimentation — Try things out, to see what fits.
I was delighted to see this video on TODAY that highlights the growing interest in coding as a career.
While many people think of coding as the domain of male millennials, the demand for coders is so high that I think there’s good reason to consider it as a second-act career option – many coders work from home, salary potential is excellent and the demand for qualified workers far exceeds the supply.
Of course, like any career path, coding is not for everyone. It can be challenging to learn and there’s no denying that age discrimination will be a barrier at firms where the average age hovers below 35.
But for the right person, it can be a satisfying way to shift into a lucrative high-growth career path. If the video piques your interest, here are some follow-up posts to read:
- Learning to Code After 40: If You Think It’s Too Late, Read This.
- At 50, Dev Bootcamp’s Michael Jay Walker quit his day job to learn coding with kids in their twenties
- It’s Never Too Late to Learn to Code
- Half of the High Paying Jobs in America Require This Skill
I recently spent some time on Lynda.com, a site owned by LinkedIn that has over 5000 video tutorials on a wide range of business, technology and creative skills topics. Membership starts at $19.95 a month, but increasing numbers of public libraries (including mine!) provide access to Lynda’s courses for free. (And you can take advantage of the 10-day free trial period if you want to test out the site before purchasing a membership).
It’s an incredible resource filled with wide-range of classes that can help jumpstart your second-act business. Here are just a few of the titles that you might find intriguing:
Sell on Etsy (online e-tailer for crafty types)
There are plenty more courses of interest. Check it out – and let me know what you think!
Happy New Year! Over the holiday break I took some time to go through my posts from the various sites I write for (NextAvenue.org, Forbes.com, USNews.com, and of course, MyLifestyleCareer.com) selected 16 of my favorites, and compiled them into one mega-post.
Enjoy – and here’s to YOU launching a meaningful, fulfilling and fun second act in the year ahead. Together, let’s make 2017 your best year yet!
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