Career Change at MidLife

by Deborah on December 15, 2009

There are lots of good reasons for making a career change – but especially at midlife.  It helps to blow away a lot of the stereotypes people have of mature adults.  There is something to be said for staying in a job too long – and most people do that.  They usually stay for the wrong reasons – like being dependent on that paycheck or health benefits. Or hoping that it will get better, only there isn’t any reason to think realistically it will.

Five  Good Reasons for making a career change at midlife

1/ IT’S NEVER TOO LATE.  You’re younger than you think you are and you’re going to be working a lot longer, so now is the time to figure out what it is you want to do.

2/YOU CAN MAKE A DIFERENCE  Discover your purpose and apply all the skills and experience you have to doing something that will make a difference.

3/ IF YOU CAN DREAM IT; YOU CAN ACHIEVE IT.  Most people don’t make change because they don’t feel called to do anything different.  But using a process to create a powerful vision can make the difference.

4/ DON’T LET YOUR FRIENDS OR LOVED ONES DISCOURAGE YOU.  Be sure to pick allies who you can trust who will provide the support you need. There will be plenty of negative voices.

5/ACTIVATE YOUR NETWORK.  Let people know you are looking to make a career change and ask who they know that has been successful.  Or stay tuned here for others who have made great transitions at midlife.

6/THINK ABOUT IT Most of us have already put in 20 – 30 years doing either one major body of work, or been all over the place.  Most likely we will put in another 20 – 30 years no matter what our financial circumstances. Doesn’t it make sense to figure our once and for all, What shall I do for the rest of my life?

I’m sure there are a lot more reasons for taking the risk at this stage, but for now, I’ll leave it at that.

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