Changing Your Career At 40

Career At 40Although they say that life begins at 40, in reality it can feel as if it’s coming to an end. However, 40 is a prime time to take stock and make changes. You’re not old to start over, and you have the wisdom and experience not to make the same mistakes again.

One of the most significant changes many people make at this time in their lives is changing their career. A career change can be defined as moving into a whole new occupation, or a fresh job in the same field. Either way, it represents change and the potential to expand your skills, horizons, and maybe even your salary. So read on to find out how.

Explore your Options

NLP career coaches always ask their clients if their dreams are RAW. This stands for ‘Realistic, Achievable and Within a time frame’. So before making any kind of changes, make sure that what you’re doing is sensible, possible and realistic.

If you have a dream job in mind and want to retrain in an entirely different area for example, first of all research the demand for your particular job, and where and how you can retrain. If you’re unsure what you want to do, research jobs there is a demand for and consider how you could move into one of the roles.

Take A Risk

While you should always make sure your ambitions are ‘RAW,’ you also need to be willing to live with risk. Great leaps of faith are necessary, especially for a move into a whole new field. The chances are you will never look back, but to weigh up the risk, always ask yourself, ‘What’s the worst that could happen?’ and make your decisions from there.

Consider the Future

Considering the future prospects for the industry or role you plan to pursue should be a factor in your decision making. There is little point in training for a job that has little prospects. Current UK employment growth areas include IT, care, business consulting, and energy, so it’s worth considering these sectors.

Other areas are undergoing big changes; banking and finance for example is now being more closely regulated, and the growing need for people in compliance as the market re-regulates makes for a realistic career move. So always consider the changing nature of the industry you want to enter.

Use Recruiters

If you want to remain in the same industry but work elsewhere, then professional networking is essential. Make the most of your contacts, and put the word out that you’re looking for a change. You should also sign up with a quality recruitment agency who specialise in your field.

To advance in an executive or finance position for example, then recruitment experts such as have the experience and networks to optimise your chances of success. Recruiters such as this understand which skills are in demand, and where best to place you.  If you’re looking for a role that will positively develop your career, then they will also search for opportunities with scope for progression.

By Harry Price

Harry Price is a freelance writer and personal trainer. He firmly believes if you take care of your body, it will take care of you.