5 Effortless Ways To Find Your Next Career at Midlife
Are you stuck in a job or industry that you are no longer passionate about? Do you feel like you have very few options available to you because you’re over 50 and have never done anything else? Don’t worry, you’re in a very common position. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average Baby Boomer holds an average of 11.7 jobs throughout his or her working years! So, if you’re feeling the urge to make a midlife career change, you’re in good company. Here are five effortless ways you can find your next career at midlife.
1. Figure Out What You Want
Before jumping into a new job or industry, take some time to figure out what you want. What don’t you like about your current job? What do you feel passionate about? What types of daily responsibilities will make you feel happy and fulfilled? What are you naturally good at? Once you answer these questions, you’ll have an easier time choosing a complementary industry to work in.
2. Test the Waters
Many women over 50 have an easier time switching careers when they do it in stages instead of jumping all-in. If you feel safer slowly transitioning to a new job, there are options available to you. Part-time, seasonal jobs and even internships give job-seekers flexibility and allow them to test out a new job before committing to it full-time.
3. Have a “Plan B”
It takes a lot of faith to make a career change at 50, but many people are happy once they do it. Still, you should always have a “Plan B” in case things go south with your new job. If possible, leave your current position as amicably as possible so you don’t burn any bridges. That way, you’ll still have good professional relationships to help you get back on your original career track if necessary.
4. Talk To a Professional
Career counselors and coaches can help you identify the skills you currently have and locate jobs that will match your skillset and goals. Take advantage of these kinds of resources if you want your midlife career change to be as effortless as possible.
5. Go for It!
You’re never too old to change your life for the better, so if you’re not happy where you are, take a leap of faith and change your career. You still have plenty of life ahead of you, so don’t underestimate your potential. Your emotional maturity and lifetime experience make you a valuable asset to any company.
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