Ask Tag and Catherine
I too old to achieve my dream?
One of the questions we hear
most often from people who dream of a new career is "am I too old to get
started?" Here are two recent letters we received:
Greetings Tag and Catherine,
I stumbled onto your
website and love it! I have been considering a career change and after
assessing my talents I think I would make a great personal shopper. I love
to shop and buy unique items. I love the hunt for the item and then buying
it at a bargain price. What is the best way to "break into the field?"
I will have to keep my current job until I can achieve my current income
or at least a good percentage of my current income. I am 51 years old and
wonder if that is too old to begin this career.
Dear Tag and Catherine,
I am a 28 year old single
mom with two small children. I want to pursue a career in acting but have
been told that because of my age and because I have children I will not
succeed. I have no acting experience. I was in two school plays as a child
but that's all. My dream career as a teen was acting but life took me in
a different direction. I feel I waited too long but I'm still holding on
to the possibility. Is there still hope for me?
both of these career changers, and most others who dream of starting a
new career but wonder if it is too late, the answer is the same. With few
exceptions, it is not too late to pursue your dreams.
are many examples of career changers who have gone on to achieve great
success. One example we love because of how old she was when she started
her dream career is Anna Mary Robertson Moses. She taught herself to paint
when she was in her seventies. Known as "Grandma" Moses, she became one
of the most famous folk artists of the 20th century.
people will hire a 51 year old personal shopper. In fact, many clients
are likely to be around your age because personal shoppers are in great
demand by the busy baby boomer generation.
28 is definitely not too late to begin an acting career. Fred Thompson
was in his forties and working as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. when he
was cast in a movie. That launched an acting career that has included numerous
television and movie roles. In 2002, he joined the cast of the hit TV show
& Order a few months before finishing up a term as a U.S. Senator.
few people will have the opportunity to star in a hit TV show or get elected
as a senator (and even fewer will do both!), it is possible to achieve
career dreams at almost any age.
matters much more than your age is your ability to do the job and your
ability to sell yourself to the people who can hire you.
help with both, we are happy to send the FabJob
Guide to Become a Personal Shopper to Mary and the FabJob
Guide to Become an Actor to Laronda. As you will see from
these guides, you can start taking small steps towards your dreams. For
example, you can start a personal shopping business part-time while keeping
your day job. Likewise, you can start acting in your own city rather than
trying to move your family to Hollywood.
of all ages will also find inspiration in our book Dream
Careers, which we'll be sending to both of our letter writers
this month, along with the FabJob guide of their choice.
Tag and Catherine your questions for publication.
To be chosen, your question should
be different from those we have already answered, and should be
of interest to other job-seekers.
If your question is selected for publication
you will receive a free FabJob guide of your choice.
here to find the career of your dreams
Tag and Catherine Goulet
founders of FabJob.com, a publisher of career guides offering step-by-step
advice for breaking into a variety of dream careers. Visit www.FabJob.com
to discover how to break into the career of your dreams.