Are you in your forties and considering a career change? you are not alone. And you are definitely not crazy. Indeed, if there was ever a time that you could – and should – reinvent yourself, now is the time.
Here are four ways to start a career transition so you can successfully change careers in your 40s.
1. Stop making excuses
You’re used to the fact that your twenties were the years when you figured out what you wanted to do with your life and then struggled with your choice for the rest of your life. wrong! You are definitely not the first person to have thought about changing careers in your 40s and there are many stories of people just like you, succeeding against the odds. Now, once you stop denying that you’re unhappy with your current job, you think of excuses to make a career change silly. It’s never too late to make choices that benefit your health and wellness. Yes, a career you love will benefit you in all aspects of your life, including your health and wellness.
If you already know what profession you want to change into, you are more fortunate than most confused professional individuals. Don’t try to jeopardize your trip by making excuses like:
- This is not the right time.
- My kids need to finish school first.
- What will my partner think?
- I am not qualified.
- I don’t know where to start.
- I’m too old to change profession.
While these may seem relevant at the time, it will only lead to more procrastination with a choice you know in your heart you want to make. And if you feel like turning 40 is too late, what will it be like when you’re 50 and still not happy with the job you do? During your interview, the potential employer will be able to determine if you are holding yourself back or making excuses, and this will reflect on being less “flexible” rather than being open-minded and eager to improve.
2. Take a leap of faith
To some, a career change may seem like daunting a plane jump or swimming with sharks, but it’s often 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 become truly satisfied with the life you are living and the career you are building, you have to take some chances. With every change there is a fair amount of risk. Once you analyze potential risk factors — and distinguish between true and false fears — you may be able to control change.
Taking that leap of faith into the unknown for a new and challenging career can help you rediscover your true passion and purpose. The odds may always seem against you, and returning to the comfort of your former lifestyle may seem more attractive than restarting the steps of your career ladder, but it will be more fulfilling and rewarding than falling into a job you were stuck in. I hate it.
3. Take your experience with you
Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of changing careers in your 40s is the fact that you have a world of experience to take with you. Unlike an inexperienced postgraduate student applying for a job, you will have a great portfolio to offer. Even if you don’t have experience in the career field you want to switch to, your previous experience is still very relevant. Aside from the actual skills and responsibilities, your work history will show your credibility. It will show your potential employer the traits and characteristics that previous employers have valued in you. Don’t be afraid to identify and mention your past accomplishments; This will definitely work in your favour. Just because you switched your career doesn’t mean that your previous experience is irrelevant.
Before searching for your new job, make a list of your skills, experience, and expertise. If you’re doing a career transition, you’ll probably want to focus on something that either challenges you more, comes naturally, or something you’re passionate about. Organize your strengths and abilities so that they are the “natural” choice for the hiring company.
4. Take advantage of old contacts
Being on this earth for more than 40 years probably means that you have met quite a few people. Whether it’s on a plane, at a networking event, or even at the gym, you probably know people from all walks of life. Leverage your professional network to find a path to your new career. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you have to do everything yourself.
Changing careers seems scary when you don’t know where to start. If you’re making the transition from working as an office assistant to running your own fashion line, it probably won’t happen overnight. Call up the fashionista you’ve been with since college and invite her over for coffee. Get some caffeine and start asking questions. Feeding from those who have already succeeded rather than assuming that you have to start from the bottom in order to succeed.
Changing jobs in your 40s isn’t as daunting or difficult as you might think. Yes, you will need a plan and it may take a while, but after the transfer is complete, you’ll be glad you did.
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