Career and Job Search Guide

Unconventional Mid-life Career Change Tips

The following are six unconvential mid-life career change change tips based on the premise that key to a successful career change transition is the integration of work, life and financial goals.

  • Unconvential Tip #1
    Every day you stay at a job that is not providing you with the necessary salary to meet your financial goals is one more day you delay enjoying financial freedom.

    Once you are 40 or older, you probably have come to the conclusion it is easier to begin a new career when you are younger. Usually after working in the same industry for years, you take more risks if you decide to leave it all for a new career. Since they are content with their careers, numerous working professionals have never searched for new careers.

    If you are letting fear prevent you from making a career mover, you may never reach your long term financial goals. Remaining in a career that is not meeting your financial goals is often riskier than finding a new career since you are not factoring in long term potential.

  • Unconvential Tip #2
    It is not always true that you will earn a decent salary in a job you love.

    You should find a career you love, but that does not mean it will translate into a lucrative career. If earning a large salary is a motivating factor for your decision to find a new career, make sure you conduct a lot of research before choosing it.

  • Unconvential Tip #3
    You should also not solely focus on money when seeking a new career.

    If you plan to make a mid-life career change, be sure that you are qualified for your desired new career. Be sure that you are in a financial position to quit your job before making any sudden decisions regarding a career change. No matter your level of preparation for a new career, it is impossible to predict whether you will get the job you intend to get. When taking financial risks to begin a new career, if you are not successful, you could be in the same situation in 10 years and not have the money to attempt another career change.

  • Unconvential Tip #4
    You should understand clearly the reasons behind your career change. When people are not satisfied with their careers, they usually blame their boss, company, or work environment; however, they are usually just ready for a change. They usually desire new life experiences and opportunities to increase personal growth. These are not unreasonable factors to make a career change decision, but be sure to understand your motivations for the change. If you are not clear about your motivations, it is possible to end up in a career where you like your boss and company but are still unsatisfied.

  • Unconvential Tip #5
    Don't move too quickly. Take time to examine the reasons behind your desire to make a career change. People make a big mistake when they rush to start a new career, believing this will lead to instant satisfaction. Often, they begin new careers but still experience the same problems in their new ones.a

  • Unconvential Tip #6
    Before beginning a new career, you need a career and financial plan.

    Having a career plan will not guarantee success in your quest for a new career, but is a critical factor. When you begin a new career, keep in mind that there will be aspects of your new career you do not enjoy.

    Additionally, having a plan for your finances will not guarantee a smooth career transition. Even though people claim they are motivated by money, few people will remain at a lucrative job if it is unsatisfying.