People are working into their 60s and beyond today, and it is common to make career changes. The good news is that 80% of people over 45 who changed careers were successful, so you can do it!
Make a List of Pros and Cons
This might seem super obvious, but you need to figure out what you want. The process starts by jotting down on paper what you like about your current career and what you don’t. Every job comes with pros and cons, but you may gain a better feel of what you want to do more and what you want to never do again by putting thoughts to paper.
Write a Passion List
What’s essential about your passions when it comes to your career? We aren’t entirely defined by the job we do. It’s vital to know the things you love to do when you aren’t on the clock. There could be a way to meld these passions into your new career. So jot them all down, whether it’s something you enjoy as a hobby or volunteer work you do on Saturday.
Review The Lists You Wrote
If you discover that dealing with certain co-workers is on your cons list, you may just need a job change, not a career change. It’s essential to understand the difference between needing a new career and a new job. Many companies offer advancement potential, so be sure your pros and cons list indicates you need to do a 180 in your career. If you realize you might just need a new job, begin there.
Your dream career might not be realistic, but it’s still worth thinking over because there might be bits of your dream job that you can pull into your new career. Pull out that pros and cons list for starters.
For example, if you’re doing a lot of busy administrative work in your current job and want more project management, is there a career in your industry that will give you the project management experience you crave?
Next, what’s your perfect work environment? Do you want to work outside? In a big office or a small office? In your home? Figuring out what your dream career is can set you in the right direction.
So you have several career options that fire your passions. Now perform some research. You can find a lot of useful information online, but it’s best to talk to people in the field who have been successful. Find out what is good and bad about the career.
Your research should detail the day-to-day reality of the work as well as the demand for the career. Find detailed information about job demand for hundreds of occupations at The Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Choose One Career and Go For It!
If you still cannot focus on one career, your research is incomplete. Research and research until you are sure you have found the right fit. Attempting to pursue 3-4 career options is exhausting. You probably already have job and family responsibilities, so put the time in to find that one new career that is perfect for you.
Once you have chosen your new career and are enjoying it, remember to keep learning about your new field. One way to do that is to take online courses to continue learning on your new career path. If you continue to learn and grow, you are more likely to succeed in your next career journey.