Career decisions are tough when you’re 18 and about to launch your life but now that you’re “of a certain age” the prospects of changing careers can feel daunting. If you’re over 40 and staring at the possibility of making a career change and you get the same feeling when thinking of jumping out of a plane – you’re not alone! Yet, you know you’d be happier if you were doing something else. It’s a strange mix of feelings and there is a reason why you are feeling this way and things you can do.
Why do you have these mixed feelings?
Change has mixed feelings, the most dominate being anxiety and fear. Change causes a certain level of discomfort and we really hate to feel uncomfortable. We can also feel fear, particularly with a career change which comes from the idea that you don’t know what might be ahead for you. You might dislike the new career or it could impact your life in other unknown ways.
At the same time, because of the age and experience, we have more to lose. Our life, however it is composed, is something we have worked hard to achieve. It is largely shaped by the course of our current career. We now have more things in life to lose if this change goes bad. Yet, we have a better understanding of ourselves. All this experience has served to help us know what we do and don’t like, our values and other factors that drive our decision to make a career change. It’s good to understand what makes us tick.
What do you need to do to reduce the anxiety and figure out your next career?
Here are ideas for moving you forward in this important decision:
Some of greatest leaders of business didn’t begin the career that catapulted them until much later in life. Just because you are over 40 does not mean you are now stuck until you retire. You are only limited by your belief about what’s possible and a little effort.
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