Here are the CareerBuilder.com stages and my commentary.
Twenties: Establish a Positive Work Record
I agree that one should building a good reputation and a network of supporters and references. It is also a time to learn the difference between good work and exceptional work. Strive to do exceptional work at all times.
Thirties: Focus on being a leader
Yes and I would add to differentiate oneself from one's peers through one's business results. It is important to begin setting strategic direction and then delivering outstanding results from the strategy. Senior management will identify future leaders from this age group.
Forties: Re-examine your definition of success
I would re-title this as Forties: The glory years. The forties are typically when people are in leadership positions and these may the highest earning years. From a personal finance perspective, it may also the time when people have the most discretionary income and can achieve the most wealth accumulation.Fifties: Envision your future
I would add a subtitle to this - Fifties: Envision the future and prepare for transition. The fifties will bring job responsibility changes, family changes, and possibly retirement. Life and work can be much different that previous decades. I ask myself, "What will I do when I retire?"
Sixties: Reap what you have sownI would title this - Sixties: Reaping the rewards and reinventing yourself. If one has planned well, this phase is where one can enjoy the rewards of an outstanding career and choose what to do, whether it be to continue or be something new. Personally, I hope to get to this stage before my sixties :-)
Personally, I think of my life (and career) in three stages which overlap - Learning, Working, and Enrichment/Leisure. Learning covers from birth to the thirties. Working covers from the twenties to sixties. Enrichment/Leisure covers from the forties on. I'll write more about the three stages in a future post.
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