If you are over the age of 45 and feel that you are too old to change careers, your assumption may not be the right one. Because of the economy, and other factors, it’s not just young people who are job hopping these days. The American Institute for Economic Research recently conducted a study of workers in the middle of their careers who frequently change jobs as well as those at the beginning of their career.
According to the study, one of the biggest reasons that older workers who have spent some time in their present career choose to make a midlife career change. It’s the feeling that they want to do something more meaningful or rewarding with their time and that they want to make a difference in the world. Although that’s a noble reason for the career change, it’s not the only one. Sometimes it’s an unexpected or unwanted surprise, or a disillusionment that brings on the change. Sometimes 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. Layoffs or plant closures can occur, seldom does a job last forever.
To stay in the job market means staying competitive. So, then the issue becomes how to stay competitive. Education is a great way to refresh your skills 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’s important to have a good attitude throughout any job search. Midlife career changes can be a challenging, but they’re not impossible. You must be prepared 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.
Whatever your age, success is attainable if you just apply yourself. Your age shouldn’t keep you from attaining your goals.