Making a career change over 40 isn’t any easier than it is in your 20s or 30s. But it can be an enjoyable and exciting experience. Deciding what you want can take a bit of time and thought, especially if you have been used to doing things to suit other people. Now you have the chance to make career decisions based on your own experience.
If you have no idea what you want, you can start with what you don’t want and write what you would rather be doing instead.
Type of Work
The broad type of work you do can be defined by whether or not you want to work with people, animals, facts and figures or things, or with a combination of two or more of these, which is probably the case for most people.
Once you’ve chosen your preferred combination, you can start to narrow it down. So if you would like to work with people, what age group would you feel most comfortable with and in what capacity would you work with them?
If you would like to work with young children, there are many ways in which you could do so. You could be a child minder for parents who are at work, or you could work with children in hospital, as a nurse, doctor, play therapist or tutor. Or you could become a teacher or work with children in summer camps or after school activities.
If you want to work with things as well, you might be running computer classes for children or teaching them how to make something or fix something or how to play a sport. If you like facts and figures, you could do research into some aspect of childhood, perhaps interviewing children for their views on certain issues.
Look carefully at the different combinations of work you could consider and then do some additional research on the internet. You should be able to find plenty of jobs you have never even thought of.
What type of work schedule do you want? Some people prefer regular hours such as nine to five and others like more flexibility.
You might also want to work at several seasonal jobs, which will give you more variety in what you do.
Or you might like to work part time hours, or one week on, one week off.
Skills and Activities
You should also think carefully about the skills and activities which you want to be the main focus of your job. Most jobs have some aspects you won’t like, but if you are spending the majority of your time doing things you actually enjoy, these will become insignificant. However, if most of your time is spent doing tasks you find boring, you won’t have much fun.
So make a list of the skills you want to use and the activities which you really want to be involved in. Don’t just stick to things you are good at. Just because you are good at something doesn’t mean you want to do it all day every day.
One Job Or Several?
It is possible that you won’t be able to get everything you want in one job. In this case, you should consider the possibility of having several part-time occupations, such as part-time job, some freelance work and an internet business. This will give you more job satisfaction and you will no longer be dependent on one employer.
Now that there are no longer many jobs for life, some experts believe that portfolio careers are the way to go. Learn more about portfolio careers and how you can set up your own, with our free 20 page report Portfolio Careers
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