Career Advice

How to Make a Successful Career Change at 40 and Beyond

Mark Smith Posted by Mark
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In the recruitment industry, we are fortunate to meet a large range of diverse individuals who have a wealth of career knowledge, experience, and skills. It is very common for a well-seasoned professional to state to our team at people2people: “I want to make a mid-life career change into a field I haven’t tried before. How can I make this happen?”
Making a career transition later in life has long been considered a difficult proposition – especially when dealing with mortgages and other financial responsibilities. We recently spoke to Noble Oak to share some expert advice on making a successful career change in your 40s and beyond. 

3 things you should do when embarking on a midlife career change

Clearly define what you want to do
This is essential as it will allow you to take the relevant steps to achieve your career transition – whether it’s studying, having a mentor, or thoroughly researching the industry/role you want to follow.

Talk to a well-respected and trusted career transition expert
This can be invaluable in achieving your goals. Explore your long-term career goals and identify vital objectives to take concrete actions to achieve your career aspirations.

Utilise your networks
Follow industry leaders, read articles in relation to the industry and role you are interested in, and connect with people.

Mistakes to avoid when making a career change 

Setting unrealistic expectations
Despite the transferable skills gained throughout a career, it’s crucial to keep it in mind: a career transition into a totally new industry might result in a lower level job, with a lower salary. The Good news is it’s a huge advantage to learn the ropes without having the added pressure of a higher-level job.
Not reviewing your finances

It’s important to keep in mind, you shouldn’t always drop everything (unless you can afford to) to follow your career dream. Doing so might cause high levels of stress and lower your confidence. If you need to study to up-skill, or see a career transition expert, try to do this outside of work hours so you can continue to earn an income. You can even up-skill from home, as there are many free learning tools available online that will help you stay on top of market trends, developments and innovations.

Career transitions aren’t easy, but with a clear plan and an understanding of the mantra —  ‘good things take time’, making the mid-life career move can be done as smoothly as possible. For more expert advice on how to plan for a successful career transition, take a look at the full article on the Noble Oak website