Success Switching Retail Careers Post-30 Years Old

Unhappy in your current job? Bored at work? Interested in a different career path? Looking to be entrepreneur? If you answer yes to any of these questions, you are alone. And it is possible to find great success switching retail careers post-30 years old.

In general, job and career switches are more common than you may think. So, consider these observations from Alison Doyle

“Today, the average person changes jobs ten to fifteen times (with an average of 12 job changes) during his or her career. Many workers spend five years or less in every job, so they devote more time and energy transitioning from one job to another. Job searching and networking, as well as, tracking and adjusting to job market trends, have taken on enhanced importance. Upgrading one’s employment status has become an ongoing process, rather than something you do once or twice during your career.”

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Success Switching Retail Careers Post-30 Years Old

Given the above, more people are now switching jobs and/or careers. And that applies to those who switch after age 30. Yes, we can have success switching careers post-30 years old.

As noted by Rachel Gillett and Richard Feloni for Business Insider:

“Questions about whether you’re on the ‘right’ career path can strike fear into even the most confident person’s heart. But as some of the most successful people prove, you don’t have to have it all figured out from the start. Plenty of highly successful people chose to make major career changes, some even many years into their adult lives.”

Gillett and Feloni discuss NINETEEN highly successful people who switched careers after age 30. Here are 5 retail-related superstars:

  • Jeff Bezos had a lucrative career in computer science on Wall Street and took on top roles at various financial firms before transitioning to the world of E-commerce and launching Amazon at age 31.”
  • Donald Fisher was 40 and had no experience in retail when he and his wife, Doris, opened the first Gap store in San Francisco. The Gap’s clothes quickly became fashionable, and today the company is one of the world’s largest clothing chains.
  • Ray Kroc spent his career as a milkshake-device salesman before buying McDonald’s at age 52 in 1954. He grew it into the world’s biggest fast-food franchise.
  • Harland Sanders, better known as Colonel Sanders, was 62 when he franchised Kentucky Fried Chicken. Before then, Sanders held several odd jobs including country lawyer, gas station operator, and railroad worker.”
  • Tim and Nina Zagat were both lawyers in their late 30s when they published their first collection of restaurant reviews under the Zagat name. The brand eventually became a mark of culinary authority.”

To read about all 19 “late bloomers”, click on the image of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. As of the end of business yesterday, Bezos had a net worth of $97.billion. Not bad. 🙂

Success Switching Retail Careers Post-30 Years Old

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