Are you in your 40s and thinking of changing careers? You're not alone. And you're certainly not crazy. Related: Career Transition For Middle-Aged Professionals In fact, if there's ever a time you can - and should - reinvent yourself, that time is now. Below are four ways in which you can start a transition into something better than your status quo.
1. Stop Making ExcusesYou've become accustomed to the fact that your 20s were the years where you figure out what you want to do with your life and then suffer through your choice for the rest of your life. Wrong! You are most definitely not the first person that considered changing careers in their 40s and there are many stories of people just like you, succeeding against the odds. Now, once you've stopped denying that you are unhappy with your current job, you are thinking up excuses why it's ridiculous to switch careers. It's never too late to make choices that will benefit your health and wellness. Yes, a career you love will benefit you in all aspects of your life, including your health and wellness.
“Statistics indicate that 56% of all U.S workers are currently interested in switching to a new career, and it's not surprising that midlife workers have had a big impact on this number". - CAREEREALISMIf you already know which career you want to change to, you are luckier than most confused career individuals. Don't try and jeopardize the journey ahead by making excuses such as:
- This is not the right time.
- My children need to finish school first.
- What will my partner think?
- I'm not qualified.
- I don't know where to start.
- I'm too old to change careers.
2. Take A Leap Of FaithFor some, a career change can sound just as daunting as jumping out of a plane or swimming with sharks, but it's mostly the fear of failure that holds us back. Doing the same job and managing the same lifestyle has become the comfort zone and anything different feels like the end of the world. In order to really become satisfied with the life you are living and the career you are building, we have to take some chances. With every change there comes a fair amount of risk. Once you've analyzed the possible risk factors - and have distinguished between real and false fears - you might be able to gain control of the change. Taking this leap of faith into the unknown of a new and challenging career can help you rediscover your true passion and purpose. The odds might always seem against you, and running back into the comfort that was your previously lifestyle might sound much more appealing than restarting the steps of your career-ladder, but it will be much for satisfying than being stuck in a job that you hate.
“Doing something that suits your strengths and sense of purpose reduces bad stress and promotes a sustainable, healthy life balance". - Pathfinders