Mid Life Career Change
In 4 Easy Steps
Are you thinking about a mid life career change? Are you questioning your career choice after years of time and investment in your current job?
Do you need to reinvent yourself because your career is in transition due to:
- Dissatisfaction with your current job?
- A sudden job loss?
- You’re ready to live your dream?
Do you wake up Monday mornings and wish you could fast forward to the weekend? Does this make sense? Do you really want to wish your life away?
Are you dealing with a sudden job loss? Do you have to start over at 40 or 50?
Times have changed. People no longer enter the job market after graduation and stay with the same company until they retire. I think this is actually a very good thing.
Do you really want to do the same thing every day for 30 years with the same people at the same desk at the same location?
Your goals and dreams at 20 are most likely different when you reach midlife. You shouldn't be afraid of making a mid life career change - you should embrace it and be grateful for it.
Are you ready to have the career you always dreamed of? No matter what the reason is, midlife career changes can be very unsettling. The trick is to make the transition without throwing your life into utter chaos.
Step 1: Whatever the reason, the first step is to take the time to figure out exactly what you want; don’t be wishy-washy. This is critical.
Understand why you want a mid life career change. Is it because?
- You want more money
- You’d like to be challenged
- You want a job where you can help people
- You want to be self employed
- You want more freedom in your job
- You want to earn passive income
- You want more respect and responsibility
- You want to work less hours
- You want more than just a job – you want a dream job
- You want a job closer to home
- You hate your job
- You want to pursue your dreams
- You want to quit the rat race and become independent
- You want more of a community feeling with co-workers
- You hate your boss
- You’re over qualified in your current position
- You need better benefits
- You’ve been laid off and you just want to pay the bills
- You want more time to do the things you love
Maybe after this analysis, you’ll find that you really do like your current career path, you just need to revitalize your job and feel that passion you once had so you can be happy at work
Step 2: Get a grip on any limiting beliefs that may be holding you back from making a change:
Conquer your fear.
- You’re scared to make a career change midlife
- You don’t want to lose your benefits
- You’re afraid of the impact to your family
- You don’t want to lose your job security in these trying economic times
- You’re too old to make such a risky change
- It’s too hard to start over after 40 or 50
Are you consumed by the ‘what-if’s”?
-What if I the economy gets even worse?
-What if my family doesn’t approve?
-What if I fail?
-What if you succeed?
-What if you wake up in the morning and look forward to the day ahead of you?
Step 3: Do your research and make a plan before making a mid life career change
- Research possible career choices. Find out what the future job market looks like. Do you know what you want to be when you grow up? If you do, you’re one of the lucky ones.
- Do a reality check – talk to people in this field and understand the pros and cons. You don’t want surprises after you’ve taken the plunge.
- Identify any education or training requirements.
- Research the financial impact. Will there be an initial investment required? What is the projected income for this endeavor?
Step 4: Take small steps. Once you’ve decided to make a mid life career change, you don’t want to wait any longer. You want to make the change NOW. The trick is to make changes in small doses and not change everything overnight. The goal is to take small manageable steps while keeping your enthusiasm and energy alive.
The Personal Development Cafe is a great place to start for anyone looking for advice about career development.
Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it. ~ Buddha