Confronting a career change for a baby boomer can be a bit difficult. Boomers grew up in a prosperous world, where everything was easy for them to have like education and their material needs. With today's competitive market, a baby boomer should be able to compete with other capable people.
It would be better to view a career change as an opportunity to find a better career, one that will suit you best. You should find a job that you love doing and one that you could be satisfied with until you retire from work.
Around 3% of people going through changes in their career are only forced to do so because they were laid-off and about 4.5% just want to explore something else. Undergoing a shift in career will be much easier, enjoyable, and productive if you do a couple of things like:
1. assess your skills and see if it can be used in other jobs
2. money doesn't matter to most people; so find a job that is meaningful for you, one that you love doing
3. find where your passion lies
4. always be realistic; if your skills doesn't suit the job, you're probably better of without it
5. do you want to stay in the profession or do you want a radical change in your career
6. if you're satisfied with the present company that you belong, perhaps you can ask for re-training
7. do not mind your age, what's important is your skills and the things that you can do
8. you can join organizations in the field that you are interested in
Your job experience matters in getting into another career, as well as relevant training.
It is never too late for baby boomers. You have lived your life long enough as a happy-go-lucky individual. It's time to stick with the realities of life and start working hard in your new-found career.