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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:
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?
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 again.
Step 2: Get a grip on any limiting beliefs that may be holding you back from making a change:
Conquer your fear. 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
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.