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Making Good Use of Experience

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As we get a little older, we start to wonder what we can do with all of your years of experience in order to try and make the world a better place. You might even feel that you need to give something back, or you might become very outwardly focused and feeling that you could really help people to understand things better if you are able to share your knowledge in a more structured way.

If you have considerable experience – whether in general, or in one particular area of significance – then there are plenty of things that you can do with it, and it’s good to know what those options are. We are going to look at some of the ways that you can make good use of that experience, so that the people around you – and the wider world – might benefit.

Leading by Example

Often, the best way to utilise what you know for the benefit of others is to simply try to lead by example. The best way you can do this is to try your hardest to be exactly what your expertise helps others to be and achieve. Use your years of experience to work out how that is best represented. In fact, you might already have a very strong and set idea of what that means, and if you want to make other people see the benefit of that way of being, all you need to do is to embody it yourself. Authenticity is key. Others will start to recognise your influence in this area.

Training Others

You might have a wealth of knowledge in a particular area and want to share it . Could this expertise be shared by putting together online programmes? Not only will it benefit others, but could also provide an income stream. Setting up an eLearning company as a way of sharing what you know is relatively low cost, you can then move on to finding clients through social media, blog posts, podcasts , pop up marketing banners for eLearning companies and other methods, and in time you should be able to ensure that you are really sharing that expertise.

Of course,  this does not mean that your own journey is over. There are always opportunities to continue to learn and grow. We recognise of course, that there will always be room for improvement at any age. Whether it is keeping abreast of technology, learning new skills to extend or reinvent your career, or taking up new hobbies, learning new ways of doing things help to create new neural pathways – and a positive mindset. A key factor in ageing well. Learning can also create the opportunity to extend your own social network- and as loneliness can be more dangerous for your health than smoking – that’s a win-win scenario .

Ceri Wheeldon

Ceri is Founder and Editor of Fabafterfifty.co.uk She is a frequent speaker at events and in the media on topics related to women over 50 , including style and living agelessly. With 20+ years experience as a headhunter Ceri also now helps support those looking to extend their working lives.

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