How Women Should Plot Their Careers After 50

Instead of viewing work as 'a job,' take these steps to forge your future

by Kerry Hannon • Next Avenue
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Make sure you are delivering on a big level, that you don't seem lazy or lax, and that you're always engaged. Ask for promotions. Go for the next big job.
 
If it's not too big of a risk for you financially, it's also a good time to think about your girlhood dreams while you still have a chance to make them happen. I wrote my first novel in my late 40s.
 
What should women do to keep their careers on track after 50?
 
Network, network, network. This is how great opportunities happen.
 
Also, ask yourself, "When was the last time I made my boss say, 'Wow!'? Just because you're 50, doesn't mean you shouldn't be a "wow-maker" anymore.
 
(MORE: Why Women Should Join Networking Groups)
 
What should boomer women do to move their careers forward?
 
Learn to drain the swamp as you slay the alligators. By that, I mean spend an hour each week thinking not about your day-to-day work, but about your goals. Write them down. It can be fun and freeing.

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