Pursing your passion and seeking out new things to inspire you doesn’t have to end once you turn 50. Its never too late to reinvent yourself and find a second career that will enrich your life as well as give it deeper meaning. In fact, the age-old pattern of staying at the same job or profession for your entire working life is becoming a thing of the past. Nowadays, it is rare for an individual’s career path to be linear, as many people tend to switch professions and hold multiple jobs. As long as they have the motivation and the desire to follow their passions, people are exploring new careers, starting new jobs, and even creating new businesses well past their 50th birthdays.
The editors at AARP Bulletin recently became interested in those who decided to have a second career and they searched America to hear their stories. They compiled 16 profiles of people who found satisfaction and a new sense of fulfillment in their lives by starting a new career after turning 50. Below, we have highlighted a few of our favorite profiles, but you can check them all out on AARP.org.
Nikki Ausschnitt, 72 and Steve Krieg, 65
Home: Yorkville, California
Previous Work: Visual artist (Nikki) and Attorney (Steve)
What they are doing now: Organic Farmers
Mike Bertelsen, 57
Home: Salt Lake City, Utah
Previous work: Lobbyist and television producer
What he is doing now: Founder, Cowboy Cauldron
Venetia Clark, 58
Home: Frankfort, Illinois
Previous Work: Pharmacist
What she is doing now: Flight Attendant
Read more interesting second career profiles on AARP.org.
Photo Credits: AARP Bulletin