You might be in a situation where you are beginning to hate the job you currently have but are thinking twice about quitting in the off-chance that you might not be able to find a new career, since you are already middle-aged. If your reasons are valid then it is time to act on your dissatisfaction and give yourself the chance to find a new job that you will enjoy and benefit from immensely, despite your age.
There are several options available now for mid-life workers that were not available a few years back. Although changing careers is not that easy, your determination and perseverance, as well as the tips below will help you in making the right choice.
- List down the pros and cons on why you want a career change. If the pros far outweigh the cons, then it is time for you to make that change.
- Have a back-up plan. You should not leave your current job right away. Do your research, make your plans and prepare a list of resources and contacts for your new career direction.
- Think of the things that you are good at. You might have a hobby that you can turn into a full time business. You may also have some ideas that are worth developing and some interests that can be explored further. Are you interested in travel or photography? Do you like to create things with your hands, repair appliances, or interested in writing? These things can help narrow down your focus and will make your research easier.
- Know what you can and cannot do. Are you the type of person who cannot rest until a problem is solved? Do you like to analyze things objectively and come up with solutions on your own? Are you good at networking, dealing with people, can persuade people to your way of thinking without too much effort and coercion? Are you able to go several steps further to get the work done? Do you multi-task? Answers to these questions will also help you determine what to look for in your next career.
- Check all the career options with an open mind. Be honest and tell yourself why you hate your current job, what you want to change - in your career and in yourself and how you want to go to effect that change. Look for something that really interests you and something that you will enjoy doing right now and at least 20 years after.
- Your career transition plan should include further education - where to get it, how much will it cost and how long before you get your certification. While doing that, where will you get the funds to support yourself and perhaps your family? Your plan should be flexible so that you can make some changes half way if other opportunities come your way.
- Consider looking into some high-demand technical courses that are cheaper and will allow you to get certification at the shortest time possible. Check what your local community college and other technical and vocational schools offer and see which course suits you. You either choose one that you are somehow familiar with or you can challenge yourself and enroll in an entirely new subject.
- Consider the possibility of getting in touch with some relationships you have developed throughout the years. You can discuss your plans with them and see if there are options open for you in their own business and/or or maybe they can make referrals to businesses and people who are need of your talents.
Do not give up when you encounter some stumbling blocks. Use your network of friends and colleagues. Consider taking on a temporary job so you can earn extra and at the same time allow you to search for a new job. Post your new resume in job banks. Make yourself visible and available.