Tips for Starting a New Career at Any Age

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Starting a new job, career, or even a hobby poses more challenges than it did in your younger years. You may doubt your skills and capabilities. You may not have the support you once did when you were younger. You may think, "I'm too old for this."

Sure, it can feel intimidating. But you're never too old to try something new — even if it's as big as starting a new career or business. In fact, people find new professional success in their retirement years all the time.

Want proof? Meet Michael Boyd, who founded his own company, Podcast Atlantic, at the age of 58 after being laid off from a long career in the television and film industry.

"I knew I had a lot more in me. I wanted to be able to continue what I did back when I was a producer and help others tell their story," says Boyd. "So I said, 'Why not [start a podcast company] and continue to help people tell their stories and be part of a community that I love?'"

So, how exactly do you start a new career, even in retirement? We talked to Boyd about his experience and got his tips for success.

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Explore your interests

At any age, work is more fulfilling when you enjoy what you do.

If you're looking to start a business based on what you love, Boyd says to be in it for the passion, not the money. "Don't expect to make a million dollars. Money is only part of it. As far as I'm concerned, if I make enough money to pay my bills, then I'm happy," he says.

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Don't be afraid to network

According to Boyd, connecting with others can play a huge role in the success of your new business.

"Networking is a huge thing you have to do when you start a business. If you want to be successful, you have to go out there and meet people and let them know you're around. Find other people who are interested in the same things as you or have a business that you're interested in and talk to them. You have to be willing to put yourself out there," he says.

Connecting with others not only benefits your career but also your health. So why not take advantage of any and all networking opportunities, work-related or otherwise? If you're looking for ways to connect with others, your health plan can help.

Certain Medicare Advantage plans may include benefits like gym memberships that offer group fitness classes and activities. These plans may also be able to connect you with community resources to help you meet new people and stay active, too. Benefits vary based on your plan, so give your plan a call for specific details.

Think like you're 30

Just because you've hit a certain age doesn't mean you can't try something new or pursue the career you've always wanted. If you're ready to chase after the job of your dreams, pay no mind to your age. In the end, it's just a mind-set.

"Age is just a number. If you can keep thinking like you're in your thirties and forties, that's the key to moving forward [with your dream]," says Boyd.

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