Are You In Control of Your Career, or Is Someone Else Pulling Your Strings

A client came to my office this morning, devastated because he had worked for a company for 16 years and recently found out that his position has been eliminated. This man turned 60 last month and thought he would be retiring from the job he just lost. Now, he is scared, angry, feels he has no control over his career, and doesn’t know what to do next.

I know from talking with thousands of business professionals, that many of you feel the same way. Let me suggest this – ultimately each one of you works for yourself and each of you is responsible for your own career. It’s important for you to keep focused on what’s most important about your career, and that you build, steer, and proactively manage it in the direction in which you’ll find both personal and professional fulfillment. Nobody cares about your career as much as you do, so make sure you take control and lead yourself to success.

Having said that, I want to share my new venture with you. There are so many of you over 50 who are either unemployed, underemployed, or in a job where you feel you are not going anywhere. I am launching the Affiliation for Business Professionals over 50 (“ABPOF”), designed specifically for people over age 50 who want to take charge of their career, whether they are currently working or not. You will be hearing a lot more about this in the near future. And, if you would like, feel free to contact me by email ( or call me at (248) 478-5662 to find out more about this unique Affiliation.

I would like to have each of you stop and take a moment to reflect on your career. Is it what you want? How would you like things to be different? Do you know what value you bring to your position? Have you kept your skills current? Will you be caught off guard with an unplanned job loss? These days, there is no job security. The only security is within yourself, so see that your skills are up-to-date and be clear about what specific value you provide your employer.

I welcome your comments regarding this topic. Also, feel free to ask any questions you might have and I’ll be happy to address them in future blog postings. That way, I can address your needs, and make sure you get the relevant information that matters most to you.

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