The idea of switching careers after 45 can be daunting. You have been working at your career for years and are likely very established. It is risky to make a change. If you are thinking of switching careers it is probably because you are not happy or fulfilled in your current situation. So, how do you navigate the process of changing careers after 45? We have five tips for you to make the journey as easy as possible.
Do the Math
Make sure you know how much you need to earn to cover your bills and lifestyle. Before you make any moves, you need to know your bottom line. If there are areas that you can cut costs make those adjustments before you leave your job. The #1 reason that women do not make a career change is because of money. If you are realistic about what your financial needs are and what your earning potential is, you can make career decisions with a clear idea of your financial needs.
Start A Business
If being an entrepreneur interest you, but you cannot afford to leave your job consider starting a business. You can structure it around your work schedule and do something that you really love. As your business grows you can ease out of your full-time job and into running your business full time. Or, you can have a side hustle that is where you gather fulfillment, while maintaining the financial stability of your job.
Contact Your Network
Social media keeps us all super connected. We have access to people we used to work with, old supervisors and well-connected friends. Reach out to your network and let them know you are looking at making a career change. You never know who knows of a great new job.
Know Your Worth
Women are notorious for undervaluing our skills and experience. Before you begin looking for a new position take stock of what you bring to the table. When applying for positions leverage your abilities to paint a picture of how you can fit and thrive in the position.
Update Your Skills
While going back to college may be unrealistic at this stage of life, you can always brush up your skills. If you are seeing requirements for certain computer programs or technology take it upon yourself to learn. Not only will new skills make you more employable, but they will give you confidence as you apply for new opportunities.
There will be challenges to changing careers after 45. You will be competing with younger people; you might need to brush up your skills and it is daunting to change paths. Even if you have fears, there is a lot of reward to finding something you are passionate about for the second act of your working life.
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