Career Change 40 - Why Not Try Something New?

Published: 03rd February 2010
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When you were 20 or even 30 the thought of changing careers seemed easy. You may have felt you had time on your side and had no fear of change. Well Ok, I accept it may be more of a challenge now you are looking for a career change at 40 plus but it can also be an exhilerating experience. If you have found yourself in a rut with your present position why not see this as an opportunity to follows your dreams. If you feel you need a little help with a career change at 40 I would suggest you start by undertaking a SWOT analysis.

A SWOT analysis is looking in depth at your Strengths, Weakness', Opportunities and Threats. Your strengths lie in your skills and abilities in areas outside your present job requirements. It could be fishing, sewing, playing the guitar or painting. One of your hobbies or whatever you are good at can be looked at as a possible next career move. Weakness'; have a look at any areas where training or extra qualifications may be required. If you are not a professional in your hobby field, do you need extra development or training? Analyze what the competition will be for these types of posts and do you have opportunities in the local area. This will help you a lot in deciding upon your career change at 40 plus.

After this, start listing down the possible jobs or work that may suit your situation. Noting your real dislikes is also a good idea i.e. if you do not like animals, or you were into commerce before and now don't want to even consider it. You can also consider plannning a career around the combination of two skill areas. For example, if you love animals and you fancy trying your hand at pet grooming, you could start a pet grooming service!

Once you have decided upon a suitable option you can then make plans to achieve your goals. For example, if you choose pet grooming, consider if you have the right training? Will you be really comfortable with all pets or do you need to specialize?

If you love children and feel working with pre school age, then there are a lot of options, like becoming a play therapist. If you know a sport very well then you can start classes for children of all ages. You can also consider summer camps and winter camps for the children and if you were in commerce then how about arranging classes on commerce subjects. You can make your classes interesting and different from a school environment.

If you were a software engineer then you could begin repair workshops in your neighborhood and as you grow financially, you could also supply personal computers and laptops. You could also consider classes for computer literacy and teach the basics such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Email accounts.

Sit down carefully and consider in depth the different options available to you. Undertake some thorough research about the career that you plan to begin. A career change at 40 plus is a big leap, so plan carefully as it may also mean a change in lifestyle. If you choose correctly it could be the best thing you have ever done and that is a very exciting prospect!


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