What To Know About A Mid-Life Career Change

What To Know About A Mid-Life Career Change

We are all adapting to a radically different world and the pressures of being someone in their 40s or 50s are still there. The financial strains, obligations and stress can suggest it is not the easiest time of people's lives.

When it comes to employment, it isn’t a case of making compromises but recognising the value you are going to provide to a new place of work.

Sally Bennett, Executive Manager says, “I am someone in my 50s and the candidates I represent face unique challenges in their lives. For anyone looking to make that mid-life career change, it is possible and some factors play a part.”

Sally recognises the continual importance to remarket yourself. Sally says, “By remarketing, I don’t mean changing who you are. This is more about understanding the experience you have gained that is tailored to the path you want to take. For instance, you could have built a career in sales. There may have been areas that you excelled in and loved or the ideas that you had just did not see fruition from the management team. Now represents the time to bring those skills to the forefront for someone else as a sales specialist.

Sally also highlights the importance to recognise why a career change is important to you. “I understand that money plays a factor, but is now more about happiness and fulfilling a new professional direction? What has made you happy in previous jobs? What frustrated you? Perhaps now is the time to understand the past to guide the future?”

When it comes to the career change, let’s not forget that any decision should not be based on impulse. As 2020 has presented challenges unlike any other, a change to a different sector could be presented because of unemployment. Sally says, “When it comes to a new role, transferable skills always help. For instance, knowledge of the sales cycle can enable you to identify new opportunities with another industry. It can take its toll where you feel you might be having to prove yourself again. That’s ok, we are all learning, especially where society finds itself today.”

Making that midlife professional switch can provide a new outlook to follow and embrace. Life is a series of continual adjustments, a career change doesn’t have to be seen as something to fear. The experience and confidence gained, presents us all as better people.