The average working person is likely to change careers between five and seven times during their life, according to career change statistics. There are many reasons why a person’s career goals shift to a different perspective but, regardless of the reason, it can be a daunting prospect, particularly in later life.
What was previously set in stone that we stay in the same job for 40 or more years has changed considerably in the modern world so that, currently, revamping yourself and career is becoming the norm. The question is how to go about it to keep a work-life balance that brings both happiness and financial security to a newfound career change.
Focus on the positives
If you’re over 50, you’re in a prime position to transfer your skills to a new career move: with plenty of knowledge and working experience, there’s no need to shy away from jumping into a new profession.
Instead of focusing on the negatives such as your age, competition from younger workers, or financial issues, capitalise on the positive attributes you have. If you’re not the retiring type, working in later life will keep your mind sharper, your body fitter, and give you healthier financial independence for when you do decide to stop working. Now you have the maturity, long term commitment, and stability on your side that younger candidates won’t have.
Take your time to research
On the surface, it can be a drastic decision to make a career change later in life but providing you do your research and avoid making quick decisions, there’s nothing to stop you from making a successful transition. Whether you choose to launch your own business or sidestep to another company with better prospects, it’s essential to prepare yourself as much as possible.
Over the years, you have probably developed numerous marketable skills so determine which ones are best suited to the new position you want to apply for. It’s also a good idea to update your CV and if necessary, get professional help to hone in on all your positive attributes.
Build up a network
With years of experience on your side, the chances are that you’ve built up a considerable amount of contacts associated with your working sector and now is the time to use them.
Reach out to anyone who you think will be able to help you further your career in a different direction, from junior to senior positions so you can make significant connections in your new career choice. There are many ways to establish a path into a new work move so it would also be advisable to join professional networks and groups to become even more in tune with people and any organisational aspects of your potential career to make things easier.
… and change your career
If you concentrate on what you really want to do, possibly for the rest of your life, you’ll eventually conclude that it’s never too late to make the change, so you should just go for it!
Author: Cassandra McNulty