Making Mid Life Career Change Possible

 

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issue 27 digital edition november 2011 comment 18 simon north suggests that career changers use the wisdom and experience they ve amassed over the years as a selling point when targeting potential employers making midchange poss it s not until reaching the mid-point of our lives that many of us realize that we still don t know what we want to do when we grow up we may find that at age 40 or 50 we re stuck in a career that we ve fallen out of love with or were never in love with in the first place but are we really `stuck we tell ourselves that if we were younger we would be changing careers so why not change careers in midlife it might seem like an impossible task to change careers at this time of life employers attitudes towards older workers and the financial and familial commitments we often have at this age are just two reasons not to take the risk however the example of many successful mid-life career changers and the fact that each of us has a unique value to offer the right employer at any age proves that mid-life career change is indeed very possible the key is to be smart about it and to actually use the wisdom and

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19 learn skills for the social network pages 30-33 -life career sible experience we ve amassed over the years as a selling point when targeting potential employers here are some tips for finding out what you want to do when you grow up and then finding a way to do it many of us who want to change careers are scared of the very concept of such a major change at this stage in life overcome this fear by making a list of everything you ve achieved throughout the different phases of your life everything you ve achieved at school and work with your friends as a member of your family in relation to parenthood in your relationships and whilst pursuing your hobbies or charity work look at this list whenever you need reminding that you need not be scared of changeyour achievements show you are more than capable of succeeding on this new adventure if you don t know what you want to do consider the careers that are aligned with your strengths and preferences and if you don t know what your strengths and preferences are sit down career change planning tips pages 16-17 three top tips for your cv pages 28-29 don t fear being made redundant pages 12-14 contents news advice comment self employment

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issue 27 digital edition november 2011 comment mid-life career change 20 long-term job search goals a list of shorterterm goals and finally a list of daily tasks related to your job search and reflect on what you enjoy doing what you re good at doing and what you ve done a lot of think about these things not only in terms of your current job but in the context of all your previous roles too treat it as a brainstorm and make notes on what you come up with by our forties we ve built a whole life for ourselves with a number of responsibilities both inside and outside of work even if you re not currently employed you ll still need to fit the job search around your family and other commitments get organised by making a list of long-term job search goals a list of shorter-term goals and finally a list of daily tasks related to your job search this will help you stay on course during the career change and will give you an idea of what you ll need to do every day do you think you know what you want to do but you re not sure what it would be like in everyday reality the best way to find out what a particular type of work or role is really like is to try it out you can do this through voluntary work work shadowing or offering to do pro bono work for people you know there may also be an opportunity for learning via secondments as well depending on your role and organisation if you don t want to be seen as an `old fogey don t act like one in the job market get up to speed with today s job search culture as well as technology services and other tools you can use as weapons in your career-switching arsenal do this by taking short courses in career skills such as it bookkeeping or public speaking updating your c.v with contemporary contents news advice comment self employment

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