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You Change Your Career After 40?
your career at any age can be a little nerve rattling; however,
as adults approach the age of 40 several factors keep many in
jobs they would otherwise let go. These factors include age
discrimination, opportunity to further education, financial
resources, and much needed encouragement to get started. After
working with people in their careers for over 20 years I have
seen numerous people successfully change careers after 40. The
key to these changes has often entailed:
1. Taking an inventory of skills
Here is a simple way for you to get started. Take a blank
sheet of paper and draw a very large T on the paper. Write on
the left side of the T, skills or jobs you have most enjoyed
over the years. On the other half of the T, skills or jobs you
did not enjoy. Consider your past work history, hobbies, and
volunteer experiences when filling in your "T" area. Here are a
few examples: Working with people, leisure activities, working
with things, data, instructing others, artistic, mechanical,
scientific, managing, influencing, sales, working with your
hands, job location. Be as specific as you can with your likes
For a more precise tool in determining careers that you may
be compatible with, see three examples of interest inventories
and a fun career quizzes booklet on our special offer to
individuals page. Also get the Quick
Job Search Guide With it!
here to go to our Special Offers Page.
2. To get additional career ideas
Research the classified Ads - Even consider local businesses
that you feel you would enjoy working at or even owning.
Then make a note of them, and add them to your list of potential
careers to further research.
In the Millennium new career opportunities are opening up
everyday, and many new small businesses are emerging! Consider
how you may use your skills and expertise to take advantage of
this growing need in society. Working from your home and
starting out small can be fun, too.
3. Choose a career you can enjoy, not one that
is only directed at making money
You will need passion and enthusiasm to learn new things, and
to push yourself to greater heights. The more you
enjoy the work you choose, the more time you will spend at it.
This can help you increase your income potential in the long
run. Why not create a life based on the best person you
want to be not what someone else tells you to be. Life
really can be fun if you create income based on what you truly
4. After researching careers you find
interesting, narrow down your career selections.
Learn more about each career you find interesting. Helpful
books for in-depth career research can be located at your local
library or on-line. These books include:
The Enhanced Occupational
The O*NET Dictionary of Occupational Titles, The Guide for Occupational
Exploration (EGOE or GOE abbreviated) or the
New Guide for Occupational Exploration. The
O*NET Dictionary of Occupational Titles is the standard of the
industry at this time for research in occupations.
Click on the links above to see what these books look like so
you have an idea when you go to your local library. Or you
can click on the links below to go to these sites on-line to
further research careers that that you may be better suited to.
These occupational reference books show specific's about an
occupation; necessary skills, necessary education, basic salary
ranges and much more. So referencing these important
guides can give you a better idea of what can be expected and
skills necessary for a particular occupation.
Outlook Handbook http://stats.bls.gov/oco/home.htm
5. Paint a clear picture in your mind of what it is you really
would choose to do in your career.
It is very important to paint a picture in your mind of the
career you would like. Be very specific, right down to how
close the your job is to you, along with the amount of income
you would like to earn from it, down to what your office looks
like, whether it is indoors or outdoors, the kind of people you
would like to work around. Paint every tiny detail in your
picture in your mind of your idea career, a career that you can
A clear picture in your mind of what you like to do will bring
it to you faster, as you are the instrument that brings change
to your life. See yourself doing it already, put forth
strong emotion in your thoughts when you think about it, as
again, you ARE the instrument that brings change to your life.
So the better you research your likes and dislikes, and the
specific's of certain occupations, you can then choose better
what it is you would like to do, as well, pin-pointing a career
you can love will help to give you clarity in bringing it to
your life. See our special
offers page for an interest inventory that can help you to
narrow down occupations that you may be better be suited,
or look on-line for one. Perhaps you already have a career
in mind, in that case you are already on your way.
6. Put your plan together
Take time to put your plan together now that you've done your
research. Do you need more
education, additional financial resources, a new resume, support
from your family members, an intermediate job? Write a plan of
action and then follow it step by step.
7. Financial Resources
If you're struggling for income don't forget some companies
have opportunities for career transition within a company, ask
the human resources office if any such program exist within your
company. As well, you may want to look into government
grants or other government programs for financial/educational
opportunities. Our government has many programs to help
those out financially and educationally to promote growth in
each economic development area. Ask your local
workforce Center or
One-Stop Center for more information on local government
sponsored programs. Research on-line for possible grants
that may apply to you.
Changing your career at 40 is very possible. Remember
changing your career can also include starting your own
business. Focus on the skills you enjoy using the most, and
build a career based solidly on your likes.
Changing a career is a process that can be fun, self
awakening, and can give you a new zeal for living. Get started
today and ask the people who care the most about you to give you
the support you need.
Also after you get done reading this article I would also
highly recommend you read another exceptional article on career
changing later in life by
Sue Fredrick called "Using your Pain as Fuel." Truly
inspiring and very helpful. Also if you are
needing serious help one-on-one career counseling you may also
contact this site Brilliant Work click here.
You can also check with other Career Counselors on-line.
If you need further help contact your local college and ask
if they provide career counseling or consult the yellow pages
and look under vocational counseling or career counseling.
To see other career assessments online to help plan your career