Job Performance, Career Change, and Unemployment in Middle Adulthood


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Why do mid-life career changers often transition into a related field and not to a different sector?

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1. Jonah quits his job as a copy editor but takes another copy editing job at a different company. What is this an example of?

2. Eva, age 52, has applied to numerous jobs she is qualified for. However, she thinks she is being passed over as a candidate because of her age. What is this an example of?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Career issues in middle adulthood can vary from one person to another, but this quiz/worksheet combo will test your understanding of the vocabulary common to the topic.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These tools focus on the following:

  • Age range in which people typically make the most money
  • Leaving one career for another
  • Unfavorable treatment due to age

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Making connections - understand the concept of career issues in middle adulthood and how it affects this employee sector
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding leaving one job for another within the same career group
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify the term for not having a job

Additional Learning

To learn more about this subject, review the lesson Job Performance, Career Change, and Unemployment in Middle Adulthood. The lesson includes these objectives:

  • Explain how unemployment is different for a person in middle adulthood
  • Identify the age span when middle adulthood occurs
  • Know how many career changes most Americans have during their lifetime
  • Explain how an individual's salary in middle adulthood may change when switching careers