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Career Change Midlife
Things to Consider - Pros & Cons

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A career change midlife brings a variety of feelings and emotions.  Learn how to put a positive spin on the three most common concerns when facing a midlife career change.

Career Change Midlife
Introduction

I'm sure you're at that point where you feel as if you’ve lost track of yourself... or you’re losing track of what’s going on with your life.

Nothing seems to go right, or nothing seems to thrill you about your life anymore, especially when it comes to your work life.

If you're like most at this age, you've become dissatisfied with your job, and are considering a career change midlife.

Let's weigh your options and discuss what may lie in store for you as you contemplate this change of careers.

Here's an excerpt from my free PDF personal development plan workbook that identifies some of the pros and cons to making a career change.

I've discussed the "cons" in red, and then put the positive spin to that con in “green.”  Later in this article, I'll go over some “pros” of a midlife career change.

1.  RISK

Changing careers midlife can be risky. 

Today, the world is experiencing a huge financial crisis, so it's getting harder to get jobs and change careers – especially if you are “degree-less.”  Even those with degrees, who are younger find it difficult today to change careers.


So, perhaps it's time to think “outside of the box” and put a “positive spin” to this worry.  Ask yourself:

“Am I willing to let go of this lifeline in order to explore the world out there at this point of my life?”

Do I have to entirely let go?

“Maybe there are “safer” less risky ways to bridge the gap from where I am right now, to where I want to be in the future?”

“How will I grow as a result of taking this risk – especially if I do it in bite-sized pieces?”


2. EMPLOYABILITY

Being middle-aged, despite anti-discrimination laws, simply makes you less of an asset in today’s youth-oriented market.

It's all about youth, spirit, vitality, energy, having a degree and “what can you do for the company 50 hours a week?”

Are you “up” for that?

Are you still “in vogue,” so to speak?

At your age, you know that balance is more important than a 50-hour work week. But that's not common in today's marketplace.  So you find yourself “behind the pack” and not fitting in anymore...

Simply put, your values have changed from “eager opportunist” to “let's have a life because we're getting to the end of it!”

So, to put a positive spin on this problem, ask yourself:

“What values do I bring to the table?” 

“Where can I find opportunities that agree with my values?”

“What life experience can I draw upon that will benefit others as well as myself?”

“How can I find a place that values my life experience and is upbeat and positive for 'over 40' people?”

There's a place out there for you somewhere.  When you're clear on what you want, you'll attract it (after all this is a positive thinking site and that's what we do here.)


3.  FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN

Considering a career change midlife can be scary.

This might  be a time of confusion for you...

Of introspection...

Of hormonal changes...

And chaotic inner battles with yourself, your plans, goals, beliefs!

How do you handle all this? Can you trust yourself to make such decisions if you are so confused as to what to do?

How can you be sure that whatever negativity and restlessness you’re feeling is good enough reason to change careers?  


There's an unknown world out there.

The answer to this is trust...

Trust that by keeping a positive attitude and being clear on your purpose, you'll start attracting opportunities.  Ask yourself:

“How can I create the trust I need to step out of my comfort zone?”

“What help can I get to feel better mentally and physically so I can make my life work the way I want?”

Meditation, hypnosis or creating a personal development plan at this point in your life could clarify your purpose, as well as help you step out of your comfort zone gradually...

So you become more positive and work steadily toward a new goal.

Career Change Midlife
Pros

Okay, so that's enough of the “concerns.”  Let's look at some of the good things that happen when you're making a career change midlife:

CHANGE IS GOOD

Once you've accomplished your midlife career change, here's what you can look forward to happening:
  • CONFIDENCE
    You will have gained more confidence from making the change, especially when you've done something you didn't “think” was possible.

  • POWER
    You'll have tapped into your power source deep inside and ignited it.  Once this happens, you'll be on fire and living life again.

  • INCOME
    Many times, once you risk a change, you are rewarded by a larger income, especially if your last position was monetarily stagnant.

  • FREEDOM
    What also happens frequently at midlife is that you go into business for yourself.  This gives you autonomy, independence and true financial freedom.  You have your future in your own hands, not the “hands of the company.”
An after 50 career change is the perfect time to find your own freedom with your own business.  And these days, home businesses are by far the best choice out there...

Home businesses have matured and have “state-of-the-art” internet marketing systems instead of the “home party” dinosaur of the past.

And a high profit home business allows you time with your family – simply because you're home...

Or wherever you want to be in the world, since so many of them are Internet based now, you can operate them from a cell phone and a laptop (from the beach.)  I love my “mobile office” that consists of a cell phone, laptop and binder.

And when you're in business for yourself, you don't need a “sheepskin” to validate you as a person.

My personal choice is a personal development home business because its focus is staying positive and prosperous, as well as encourages personal growth and expansion.

Career Change Midlife
Summary

When you’ve achieved the middle point in your life, you can be more assured of the accomplishments that you have made, and when you “put a positive spin” on problems,  you can rally yourself to do more, especially when it comes to changing careers.

"Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things
that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off
the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor....
Explore. Dream. Discover."
- Mark Twain

For more information about a career change midlife, check out this other midlife career change article:

Midlife Career Change: Get Positive & Earn Six Figure Income  A midlife career change is a perfect time to pursue a more positive career.  Your choices, however, are limited with the downturn of the economy.  So, how do you expand yourself and still make money?



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