Are you in your 40s smiling and thinking of changing careers? you are not alone. And you’re probably not crazy. In fact, if there is a time you can – and should – reinvent yourself, that time is now.
Here are four ways to start your career transition so you can be successful Change careers In your 40s.
Stop making excuses
You got used to the fact that your 20s were the years when you understand what you want to do with your life and then suffer from your choice for the rest of your life. Erroneous! You are certainly not the first person to consider changing careers in their 40s, and there are many stories of people just like you, who succeed against the odds. Now, once you stop denying that you are unhappy with your current job, you think of excuses for why it’s ridiculous to switch careers. It is never too late to make choices that will benefit your health and well-being. Yes, a career you love will benefit you in all aspects of your life, including your health and well-being.
If you already know what career you want to move on to, you are luckier than most confused people in your career. Do not try to jeopardize the journey ahead by excuses such as:
- This is not the time.
- My kids need to finish school first.
- What will my partner think?
- I’m not qualified.
- I do not know where to start.
- I’m too old to change careers.
Although questions may seem relevant at the same time, it will only lead to more procrastination with a choice you know in your heart that you want to make. And if you feel that age 40 is too late, what will it be like when you are 50 and still not happy with the work you do? During your interview, the potential employer will be able to figure out if you are delaying yourself or making excuses, and this will reflect your being less “flexible” rather than with an open mind and eager to develop.
2. Take a leap of faith
For some, a career change may sound just as daunting as jumping off a plane or swimming with sharks, but it’s mostly the fear of failure that stops us. Doing the same job and managing the same lifestyle has become a comfort zone and everything different feels like the end of the world. To be truly satisfied with the life you live and the career you build, you need to take some risks. With each change comes a significant amount of risk. Once you have analyzed the possible risk factors – and distinguished between true and false fears – you may be able to gain control of the change.
This leap of faith into the unknown of a new and challenging career can help you rediscover your true passion and purpose. The odds may always be seen against you, and running back to the comfort that your past lifestyle may have sounded much more appealing than starting your career ladder steps again, but it will be far more satisfying and rewarding than being stuck in a job you hated.
3. Take your experience with you
One of the biggest benefits of a career change in your 40s is probably the fact that you have a world of experience to take with you. Unlike an inexperienced student who is applying for a job, you will have an impressive portfolio to offer. Even if you have no career experience to which you want to move, your previous experience is still very relevant. Aside from the actual skills and responsibilities, your work history will showcase your credibility. This will show the potential employer what traits and characteristics previous employers have valued in you. Do not be afraid to quantify and mention your past achievements; It will definitely be considered in your favor. Just because you change careers does not mean that your past experience is irrelevant.
Before looking for your new job, make a list of your skills, expertise and experience. If you are making a career change, you probably want to focus on something that challenges you more, comes naturally or something you are passionate about. Organize your strengths and abilities in such a way that you will be the “natural” choice for the recruiting company.
4. Make use of old contacts
Being on this planet for more than 40 years probably means you have met quite a few people. Whether it was on a plane, at a networking event, or even in a gym, chances are you know people in all walks of life. Use your professional network to find a path to your new career. Do not make the mistake of thinking that you have to do everything yourself.
A career change sounds scary when you do not know where to start. If you’re making the transition from working as an office assistant to managing your own fashion line, it probably will not happen overnight. Call this fashion artist who’s kept in touch since college and invited them for coffee. Put caffeine in them and start asking questions. Feed from those who are already successful instead of assuming you have to start from the bottom to be successful.
Changing careers in your 40s smile is not as daunting or difficult as you might think. Yes, you will need a plan and it may take some time, but once the transition is complete, you will be glad you did.
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