October 28, 2021

How to Shift a Career in your 40s

A career is one of the most important aspects of a person’s life. However, if one makes a mistake, and chooses the wrong career, it may lead to an unfulfilling life and lack of motivation for life in general. After all, our career goes a long way in making us feel fulfilled and helping us feel like valued members of society. There is always an option to take things into your own hands and make a meaningful change in your life. There are a multitude of factors in your life to consider, but if you are in a financially sound situation, making a career shift is great if you are unhappy.

Making a career change is a huge step, and you can always work on making the change in a slow and planned-out manner. The first thing you want to decide is why you want to shift careers. Knowing exactly why your career is unfulfilling is the first step to finding and changing careers. Considering the pros and cons of your current career, and discerning the reasons why your current career does not bring you happiness is the first step to the process. Next, letting go of the fear and stigma usually associated with making a major life decision. Your career should bring you joy and satisfaction, and if it does not, a change now would ensure a productive and self-actualised. The next step is to discuss and formulate plans with your social circle and enlist their help in your journey. This could be a conversation with your family, explaining to them your plan and enlisting moral support. It could also be reaching out to your professional network and building the foundations for a great career.

All in all, these tips would help you get started on your journey for a potential career change. The most important thing is to follow your passions and work towards becoming the best version of yourself.

The next important step is to be prepared for negativity. Making a major life change at such an age is difficult because of an individual’s age and position in life. Not just that, but the people around you may also project their norms and expectations onto you. It is important to maintain a sense of clarity during these times. Imagine your life at your deathbed; do you really feel as though your current career is fulfilling enough? If not, and if you wish to make a change, seeking guidance could be a great step towards a life with clarity. The next step would be to establish and maintain connections in the field you wish to make a change into. Doing so would help in the process of learning the ropes to your possible career and plays a role in initiating you into the technical aspects of jobs in the field.

Naturally, preparing for your new career is the next step; doing courses or going back to school would be a good way to start off the learning and familiarisation process. Once that is done, or even simultaneously, you should gain some exposure to the field; either on a voluntary or internship basis.

One should always focus on the skills you have picked up in your current career that may be of use in other fields. This helps deal with any feelings that may arise about it being “too late” to make a switch. Finding job descriptions in your chosen field helps figure out what you can do in the future.

Next up, is the restructuring of your resume to suit your new field. Highlighting your past experiences and emphasizing the skills you have picked up goes a long way in making your case to potential employers.

Always remember, it is not always a drastic and completely restructuring process. Perhaps the ideal career for you is right in your field, and all you need is guidance. Seeking help from a professional career mentor would help iron out your doubts and insecurities and provide you with a blueprint for what your true interests really are.

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