Midlife Career Change, Why is it daunting?

In midlife it is not uncommon to experience a sense of uncertainty and dissatisfaction leading to a re-evaluation of work and life goals.

Work that was once challenging and interesting is no longer stretching our abilities; in fact it has become too routine. Plus there is often a weariness regarding the latest round of organisational change and politics and in looking forward we find ourselves restless for a career change.

However we either find ourselves uncertain about how to change roles or we impetusley jump out only to discover that it was not the right move.

In looking around we note that the younger generation easily change jobs and careers and wonder why we are lacking the self confidence. Their focus on career development mobility combined with a lack of organisational loyalty and longevity has meant that younger generations are more adapt and experienced at changing roles to suit their current career or lifestyle desires.

For those in midlife, years of being focused on a particular role can mean transferable skills are blurred and the prospect of interviewing for a position is daunting.

As successful midlife career changes are becoming more common clarity is gained through exploring four key questions;

  1. What are your transferable abilities and strengths?
    Knowing your strengths enables you to market yourself with confidence and target the right role.
  2. What are your and your partners future desires?
    Are they in harmony in regard to direction and timing?
  3. What are the possibilities for greater work life flexibility or a changed role within your current organisation?
    Are there part time or other options?
  4. What are your income, stimulation and social needs?
    If your work situation changed what other areas be impacted.

10 October, 2010 | Uncategorized | 9 comments

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