People who are over the age of 45 often feel that they are too old to change careers, but that’s not always the right assumption. In today’s economy it’s not just young people who are job hopping. According to a study done by The American Institute for Economic Research, workers in the middle of their careers frequently change jobs as well as those at the beginning of their career.
Older workers who have spent some time in their present career sometimes get the feeling that they want to do something more meaningful or rewarding with their time, they want to make a difference in the world. That is one of the biggest reasons that many choose to make a midlife career change.
That’s a noble reason for the career change, but it’s not the only one, sometimes it’s an unexpected or unwanted surprise, or a disillusionment that brings on the change. A worker realizes that they are totally unhappy with the type of work they are doing, or maybe it’s a line of work that is becoming scarce and the writing is on the wall. There are always layoffs that can occur, seldom does a job last forever.
So, it then becomes an issue of how to stay competitive. Education can help refresh your skill or add new ones. Get to work on that resume and use it to showcase your strengths, highlighting technology to show that you are caught up with the present work environment. You may have project management skills that are transferable to many types of businesses.
It all comes down to having a good attitude. Midlife career changes can be a challenging, but they’re not impossible. You may have to start back at entry level and work your way up again. But there will come opportunities where you can demonstrate what your experience and wisdom have to offer.
Success is attainable if you just apply yourself. Your age shouldn’t keep you from attaining your goals.