Midlife Career Change
Are you over 40 and worried about midlife career change? Whether you are contemplating a new career at age 40, or if you're over 50 - don't worry! You have plenty of company. People in our age group are being laid-off, let-go and "downsized" at a higher rate than ever before.
The days of working at the same company until retirement are long gone for most of us. You might have counted on keeping your job for your entire career and are now dealing with another reality. Corporations sometimes have other plans for us that are different than our own expectations.
Most of the reasons for letting older workers go have to do with money. Workers with the highest seniority typically have higher earnings than their younger coworkers. It can also costs more for their health benefits and accumulated sick days, not to mention upcoming retirement benefits. One's hard work and loyalty to their employer doesn't always mean much anymore - it's all about the money! So try not to take it personally. So where do we go from here?
Instead of trying to fight large corporations or begging to keep our jobs (both pointless activities) - we need to make the most of our situation and learn to embrace midlife career change. Decide for yourself right now that this is a golden opportunity for you!
We need to make the most of the hand we've been dealt. Midlife is actually the best time to change careers! We have accumulated many years of work experience. We have maturity that younger workers lack. And we have had more time to decide what to do with the rest of our lives. Sometimes our children are grown or at least old enough to need less of our time.
So consider this a gift - a golden opportunity to change the direction of your life for the better. How many times have you heard of someone being devastated over a job loss - and then later on saying it was the best thing that could have happened to them? It happened to me, my husband and many of my friends - and we are all better off now than we were before losing our jobs. What you are facing right now is the fear of the unknown. It will get better, but you have to go through the process first.
Opportunity knocks, but it does not wake up the person who is asleep.- Old Saying
I first decided to explore new career possibilities right before my 40th birthday. I went through a time period where I tried a few different sales jobs and business opportunities. None of them were what I was looking for since I didn't really take the time to figure out what that was! I ended up working a traditional job for a while. Now that I'm over 50, I have finally found a career working for myself, supplemented by traditional jobs. (Remember - multiple income streams!) You can read more about my personal journey in an upcoming section. But just understand that if I can embrace midlife career change, anyone can! I can now teach others to do it the right way - and therefore save a lot of the time and energy that I spent.
There may be times when you are frustrated, when it seems like you are not getting anywhere and every company you have applied with wants younger workers. If that is the case - you are applying with the wrong companies! There are many companies that value experience. I have found that the ones who have owners and managers in my age group are the best possibilities.
Decide for yourself today that you will find a new, rewarding career and that you will excel! Midlife career change doesn't have to be any harder than any other event - it can be done!
Keep moving in the direction of your dreams, regardless of your age or stage of life!
"Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born."-- Dale E. Turner
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