Start An Encore Career
Are you in your 40s or 50s and looking to change careers? You’re certainly not alone, and it’s not at all unusual . Actually it’s a great time to reinvent yourself, being mid age, the time is Now!
Of course you are not the first person that considered starting an encore career, (Wikipedia – An encore career is work in the second half of life that combines continued income, greater personal meaning and social impact.) in your 40s or 50s and there are many examples of people just like you, and some doing quite well.
It’s never too late to make choices that will benefit your health and wellness and a career you love will benefit you in all aspects of your life, including your health and wellness.
Statistics show that well over 50% of all US workers are interested in changing careers and middle age workers have a big impact on that number.
Be Confident and Faithful to improving your situation and don’t make excuses like:
- This is not a good time for change.
- My children need to finish school first.
- My spouse won’t like the idea.
- I’m not qualified.
- I don’t know where to start.
- I’m too old to change careers.
These might seem important at the time, but will only lead to procrastination with a choice you know in your heart you want to make.
And if you feel like 40 is too old, then how will it be when you are 50 and still unhappy with the job that you are still doing?
Don’t be intimidated
For some, a career change can sound, and can be, just as intimidating as crossing the ocean on a tire tube or walking across Death Valley, but many times it’s the fear of change or failure that holds us back.
We become used to doing the same routine each day and may only be on “barely getting along street”, but it’s easy to put off the challenges of change for another day, week, month, year…
In order to really become satisfied with the life that we are living and the career we are building, we have to take some chances every now and then.
With every change and challenge there comes a certain amount of risk. Once you’ve considered from different angles and have distinguished between real and false fears – you can plan your work and work your plan.
Taking this leap of faith into a new and challenging career can help you discover or rediscover your true passion and purpose.
One of the greatest benefits of switching careers in midlife is most probably the fact that you have a wealth of experience to take with you.
Even if you don’t have experience in the career that you want to switch to, your previous experience may very much matter and could get you the opportunity that you search for.
Don’t be afraid to mention your previous accomplishments; this will certainly count in your favor.
Try to make use of all your contacts to help forge a path into your new career. You don’t have to do everything yourself.
Switching careers in your 40s or 50s is not as overwhelming or difficult as you might think that it is especially if you have the support of others like family and friends.
A Learning Curve
Yes, there is a learning curve as you will need to acquire the knowledge, and to understand your new career choice, and also have a workable plan to follow. Of course it will take some time, but after the transition is complete and you settle in, you’ll be glad you did.
Sometimes career changes don’t work out so well. These kinds of choices can be complicated and a couple of things to consider are the intellectual and the emotional stress burden on the mind.
The emotional part involves the pain that you are enduring and that motivates and moves you to take action even if it means taking some risks.
Ask Yourself a few questions:
1) What are your necessities to live comfortably?
2) What do you have to offer an employer or possible customer?
3) What do you want in return?
Another thing to consider is benefits…medical and sick leave, retirement, etc.
As you can see, changing your career takes some serious consideration. It might be wise to consult someone who is equipped to guide you as you make this nice positive change in your life.
Do you know anyone that has made that kind of a change, if so you can talk and find out if it went smoothly or what were the problems if any? Change can be challenging but so can staying in an unsatisfying situation year after year.
Moving on your desire for something better, although challenging and possibly intimidating, can be very rewarding in every way, especially after all is said and done and you’re settled, doing fine and have that real sense of accomplishment.
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If you have an online presence use it to:
- Show your strong character or your best you. When you make a post consider how you want to be perceived.
- Show your expertise and steer your career in the direction of your choice. Be exceptional or stand out in some way on social media and attract interested viewers who would like to work or do business with you.
- Add to your friends and circles, expand. Reach out to others, and join online communities in your chosen industry, hook up on social media. These kinds of networks can be very beneficial when you’re looking for opportunities, referrals, info or work.
- Join career communities. Websites like LinkedIn and Glassdoor.com have really changed the whole landscape when it comes to searching for employment opportunities.
- By being familiar with these types of websites you get to know people, groups, get information, make a connection, etc.
- You can use Facebook, Twitter, and the others to expose yourself to potential clients or employers and opportunities as well.
- You can be so much more than just another application when you fully utilize the social and career media.
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Stand out from the crowd if you can and once you commit to starting a new career in midlife or other times be persistent and keep moving forward. Sometimes you’ll only take little steps and sometimes big steps but keep moving forward in some way and each time that you overcome a problem, you become stronger and your character and your expertise are shaped and molded.