Finding a job these days can be a challenge, but when you’re older and looking to switch your entire career, the outlook can be overwhelming. Maybe you want to change because what you currently do is becoming phased out as a career, or perhaps you are just burned-out in what have been doing for so long. With a little thought and some helpful tips you can not only feel great about the decision but realize the joy in new potentials.
One of the first things you really need to do is decide what new direction you want to head. Are you looking at a new career because you want to work with people, do you need something with more financial capabilities, or is time and personal ability a factor? All of these or any other reason for the change is important to examine to make sure you move on to the right fit. Why you changing careers and what are the top 3-5 things you want in your new one?
Once you decide what it is you want to do, you need to develop a plan to get from where you are to where you want to be. First, do you need to keep working while you train for this new career- what will be the time or money issues you have to consider? Do you need more education? There are typically local schools in most areas, but there are also online programs like DeVry, University of Phoenix, or even many top universities like Northeastern University that have online classes available to help meet the time, or distance hurdles you may face.
Once you have a plan and have done some due diligence, you really need to connect with someone who can help you through this process. It will be filled with both practical as well as emotional decision making moments and having someone who knows how to help you will be important. Perhaps this is a professional in the field you are looking to move into, or someone more generally prepared like a life or business coach from sites like Noomii. Services like Noomii are great because they can connect you with someone local that can help you step by step through the whole transition.
Realize that changing paths later in life will come with its struggles. You will be back at the bottom of the career totem pole and the salaries you make starting out will be the same as other new hires in your field. You will also have new networking and connections to make. But one advantage you will have over other newbies is that you will have some transferable contacts, as well as skills and experiences in the field that new graduates won’t have and if you tailor your resume right, these can be huge advantages for you.
Major midlife changes can be frightening, but it can also be exciting. Take your time and go through some of the simple steps to be prepared, and you will begin to be more excited about the new path ahead than the one you’re leaving behind.