Can You Start a New Career In Your 40s?
Although change can always feel a bit scary, the cool thing is that any of us can change anything about our lives at any moment. The only thing that holds us back is our own limiting thinking. You may have invested many years into your current career, but if you find that change is necessary, you can make a career change in your 40s. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
Prepare For the Challenges
Changing careers in your 40s will be challenging. Getting prepared for these challenges ahead of time will make them smoother. It is good to talk to someone who has experienced this before you. Be honest with yourself about these challenges so that you can prepare for them.
Use Your Assets
By assets I mean your experience and self-confidence. You are not the same person you were 20 years ago when you first started looking for a job. Today, you are wiser, more confident and more experienced. All of these things will work in your favor during your career switch.
Don't Waste Your Time
You are now middle-aged. Make sure that whatever career your switch to is something you are going to really enjoy for the rest of your working days. Now is the time to pursue something that you feel passionate about. You certainly do not want to spend the next 20 or 25 years not enjoying your career.
Don't Endanger Long Term Responsibilities
By the time most people reach their 40s they have significant responsibilities both personally and financially. Keep in mind that you should not endanger these with your career move. Be sensitive to those who are relying on you.
Making a career change in your 40s can be exciting. Keep these tips in mind to make this a smooth transition.