Remaining stagnant in a role because you feel you're too old, or it's too late to make a "midlife" career change should never be an issue of consideration. It is never too late, and there is always time to do what makes you happy. Shake things up a little!
Securing a fulfilling career is a dream that most people look to attain, and we all deserve, regardless of our age. While the thought of changing your occupation at 40(ish) is intimidating and frightening, know that it is possible to make a career transition mid-life. Will it be easy? No, nothing worth having is easy. However, it can be achieved successfully with patience, persistence, determination, and a lot of research.
First, you must know yourself. You've spent countless years unhappy; in a displeasing role. Now is the time to discover your niche, and what motivates you. Getting to know yourself is an ongoing process, and it requires constant effort. This self-discovery is very necessary for you to achieve what you want, not only is this important on your professional journey but personally, as well.
Next, align yourself with what you want. You've taken the time to understand yourself, and you now have a better idea of your strengths, desires, goals, etc., but where do they fit? Employers want individuals who know themselves and what they bring to the table. What do you have to contribute?
Now that you have an understanding of what you want, seek those opportunities, and commit to your quest of landing your dream career! If you're able to simply transfer skills, that's great. If not, that's okay, too. You may require certifications, training, additional schooling, or a trade. Just make it happen!
Ultimately, what you should know is that you are capable of making this shift. You can accomplish anything with sheer willpower and focus. All that you need to do is prepare yourself and stay aligned with what you value. You have all of the tools needed to be successful. Let go of limiting beliefs, and do what makes you feel good for a change. Dare to be Great! Dare to Venture!
Check out this great video I did on making a Mid Life Career Change!
While a midlife career change can be scary, it also can be exhilarating if the move is truly what you desire. It is crucial to plan how to make a midlife career change and the following strategies should help maximize your chances of being successful. (theladders.com)
While many people report that they have made successful career changes halfway through their working lives, not everyone has success stories. For some, changing careers did not produce the results that they had hoped for. A lot of research indicates that this situation is more likely to have been the case for people who did not have a clear plan and vision, were not well-prepared for the challenges that they would face, or weren't realistic about the changes that they were making. So it is really important to put a lot of careful consideration into your decision because, in doing so, you are more likely to produce a successful outcome. Check out some tips below that can help you achieve a new career. (trade-schools.net)
Does it ever feel like culture's definition of career success belongs only to the hip young entrepreneurs and 30-under-30 listers? Let's change that right now. The truth is, you can make a career change midlife. (daveramsey.com)
You should do work that brings you joy until you take your last breath. That doesn't mean you need a full-time career when you're a great-grandparent, but there's no reason you can't do what you're passionate about just because you hit a certain age. And this idea that you have to be stuck in the same job forever with no hope of making a change well, that's just false. (daveramsey.com)
I know this is more intimidating for folks midlife because it's hard to imagine sitting in a classroom again learning a new skill or leaving the place you've called home for 10+ years. But if you follow these seven steps, you'll see that changing careers midlife isn't as intimidating or difficult as you think. (daveramsey.com)
You are in your 40s, and the thought of going to your job for one more day makes you physically ill. You're past the decade where you are ready to rush into a new career. You have more work years and you know your interests. You're ready to complete the following tips. (vistacollege.edu)
"Am I too old for a career change?" That is one of the first questions that people ask when they are contemplating a midlife career change. And if you are considering a career change at 50 or 60, that question is probably even more prominent. The reality is that there is no definitive answer to that question. (trade-schools.net)
Some people are forced to make career changes later in life due to changes with their jobs, companies, or industries. Things like layoffs, cutbacks, and recessions can all be reasons that people have to pursue new careers. And you know what? Many of them do it successfully. So if you are motivated, persistent, and willing to get a little creative or inventive, then it is likely that you can make a successful career change regardless of your age. (trade-schools.net)
You know you are ready for a career change, but what is the next step? The following are tips on how to find a job you love: (vistacollege.edu)
Be practical. To move into a new career will require upgrading your skills and abilities. Taking classes to enter your second career will give you the needed training, education, and direction you need to take the first step to your new career. (vistacollege.edu)
Have a mental picture of achieving your career goal. Find a photograph or image which symbolizes achieving your career, then put it in a prominent place. It will help you keep focused on getting your new career. (vistacollege.edu)
Research. Find out the jobs available in your future career industry now. It will give you an idea of the training you'll need to start your second career. (vistacollege.edu)
Since you're changing careers in your 40s (and not your 20s), you've likely accumulated a variety of transferable skills that new employers will find valuable. Take pride in your background, and demonstrate a willingness to learn what you don't know. (theladders.com)
Worry less about the fact that you haven't been in the industry and focus more on how your years of experience working have prepared you to understand and respond to the employer's needs whatever they are whenever the need arises, McCurdy says. Maturity can also translate into confidence and experience. That can work for you in an interview. (theladders.com)
Another bonus of being seasoned is that you've likely built up a substantial network. Use these connections to your advantage when seeking employment opportunities in your new area of interest. (theladders.com)
Market Researchers The cry for people who understand why consumers buy what they do is growing all the time, and the BLS forecasts a 41.2 percent jump in the need for marketing research analysts and marketing specialists over the next seven years. (aarp.org)
The number of jobs for sonographers is expected to climb 44 percent by 2020. (aarp.org)
Studies show that up to 80 percent of baby boomers plan to do some sort of paid work until age 70 to stay mentally sharp, keep engaged socially, and achieve financial security in retirement. (whatsnext.com)
It turns out that not only is data science a lucrative job (we're talking a national salary average of $118K, according to Glassdoor, with the minimum a healthy $76K), it's also a broad one. (themuse.com)
The United States government has projected that there will be a 40 percent growth by the year 2020 in event planning. (profitableventure.com)
You are not the only person thinking, "I need a new career." In fact, according to a Gallup report, almost 70 percent of working Americans feel unhappy, uninspired, or disengaged with their current jobs. (trade-schools.net)
According to a study by the American Institute for Economic Research, a large majority of workers who went ahead with changing careers at 45 or older reported happiness and success in doing so. (trade-schools.net)
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