If you’ve reached a point in your life where you no longer feel excited about your career path, you’re not alone. According to a 2015 survey by the University of Phoenix School of Business, 59% of all working adults in the U.S., as well as 73% of professionals in their thirties, say they would like to change careers. Many career coaches might encourage you to go with your gut and follow your dream, but what if you’re not sure what that dream is? And how do you determine if you can make your dream a reality? Here are three helpful tips to follow when considering a midlife career change.
3 Strategies for a Midlife Career Change
1. Think About Your Finances
Are you financially capable of switching careers right now? Think about how a shift in your income will affect your ability to provide for yourself and your family, at least in the short term. Do you have a partner who can help? Will you have to go back to school? Can you work part-time while you do? While your desire for new career doesn’t have to take a back seat to a big paycheck, you do need to understand its financial implications and plan accordingly.
2. Work with a Career Coach
Working with a career coach from the outset can keep you organized and motivated. They will help you identify your strongest skills and determine what kind of career is right for you. A coach can also provide professional guidance when it comes to financial planning. If you seek out a career coach who specializes in the industry you’re interested, they may even have professional contacts they can connect you with. A career coach is also an excellent source of support. Making a midlife career change can be challenging, and it helps to have someone who understands what you’re going through and how they can help.
3. Don’t Be Afraid to Go Back to School
You may learn that your current skill set is not transferable to the career you’re interested in. This is not a deal breaker. You are often able to learn the skills and knowledge you need for most careers through vocational schools, mini-programs, and even online courses. Have your career coach help you find a program that’s right for you from both a career and financial standpoint.
Thinking of making a midlife career change? Margaret M. Enloe, Esq. can help. For more than 30 years, this career coach and motivational speaker based in New York, NY, has been helping professionals assess their skills and find the jobs of their dreams. Visit her website to learn more about her impressive qualifications, and email her at ME@MargaretEnloe.com to discuss your thoughts about a career change today.