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Those over the age of 40 face unique considerations in the job market. Check out Over Smiling senior female executive at lunch meeting. But some men over 40 are finding it even harder, since many employers believe for potential employers and tips for how you can meet them head-on. and executive director of Centerpoint Institute for Life and Career Renewal in Seattle. overs - read this article along with other careers information, tips and also project the characteristic on to every older person they meet.
Money matters are difficult for most people to discuss — and even harder to do something about. The less you worry about dollars in your banking account, the more time you can spend wowing your manager. With demands from every corner of your life, most people feel stretched thin, and well, really happy. You never want to lose your competitive edge, considering you still have a good 20 years of work ahead of you.
Get an advanced certification: You might fall off track as you become further removed from those college days, but a commitment to knowledge will allow you to keep up with recent grads. She suggests finding certifications — like Google Analytics or a coding course — that add another gold star for your resume. Take executive leadership classes: Not everyone is a natural-born trailblazer, so Weiner encourages something professionals to acknowledge their weakness in this department. By doing this, you will be more qualified to go for keynote speaking sessions — or at least some sort of panel or conference — that adds more overall value to your brand.
Your children are getting older — as are you — and you could worry the best days of your life are behind you.
Or more to the point: Looking down the eye of retirement can produce a slew of emotions, but before you allow yourself to get carried away, remember there are still many years to shape your performance. Strategize your retirement exit: Weiner says strategizing your exit will rest your angst and also put you in the best possible situation once your final working hour closes. So go on, ask yourself: It was one of the most difficult periods of my life. On the surface, I had a good job in a well-known company.
I'd done what was expected of me post-university. I'd been promoted several times. I had a mortgage, I was travelling with work and had great prospects ahead of me.
Inside though, I was deeply unfulfilled. I wasn't enjoying my work, I felt like I wasn't using my full potential, and I longed to wake up feeling like my work was making a difference — to someone or something. Yet, I didn't have a clue what else I could do. Indeed I'd struggled on and off for years to figure out a way to change, but without making progress.
Eventually, as you'll read below, I came out the other side. But it wasn't an easy journey. These are the lessons I learnt along the way. What you need to know If you're stuck in your career change, there are three main challenges — or paradoxes — that you're going to come up against.
It's you that wants to make a change, but it's also you that's your biggest obstacle In the depths of my despair about my job, there were signals from all around me that I wasn't in the right place: I was embarrassed to talk about my work with others at parties; I couldn't imagine doing my boss's job nor the one her boss had ; and I was petrified that I'd reach 60 or 70 and not feel proud of the work I'd done in my life.
On a day-to-day basis, I just felt numb — uninspired by the meaningless work I was doing, and seemingly stuck in a Groundhog-Day reality of waking up to the same story every morning. All I knew was the industry I was in.
I was also scared of taking a cut in salary, scared of what my family and friends would think, and scared of losing the status I'd worked so hard to achieve. These weren't obstacles in the outside world; they were obstacles in me.
It was me — my lack of knowledge and my fears — that was most holding me back. Does this also hold true for you? My initial approach was to come home from work, wrap myself in my duvet, and go round and round in circles in my head analysing what else could I do.
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My colleague Natasha describes her version of this as her 'midnight crazy thought loops' — sitting bolt upright in bed in the middle of the night trying figure out what she could do next. Neither of us came up with answers. But still no clarity. The simple reality is that if the solution to your career change lay in more analysis — in making more lists, reading more books, taking more psychometric tests, or simply figuring it all out in your head — you'd have found it by now.
You won't find a job by looking for one When I started to look for something different, recruitment consultants were my natural first port of call. They talked excitedly to me about roles with competitors or other positions in smaller organisations. But it all just left me cold. It was more of the same.
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I wanted to do something radically different and they couldn't help. Or you may have had similar experiences to mine with recruitment consultants. These are all functions of a traditional job market that isn't designed for career changers.
Through no fault of your own, you're simply not going to stack up against other people with experience and skills in the different field you're interested in.
What you need to do There are solutions to each paradox, but they're likely not what you think they are they weren't initially for me. Do it with others, not alone "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
The biggest challenge I faced in my career change was inertia. I wanted to change, but I didn't want to risk the security of the job I had. I was comfortably uncomfortable. I would have bursts of energy to do something about my career, followed by periods where I'd get swept back into 'life', surfacing weeks or months later and realising nothing had changed. I only really started to make progress when I deliberately put others around me.
Think of your career change as an expedition, not a day-trip. If you were climbing to the base camp of Mount Everest, it's possible you could do it by yourself, but it's highly likely you'd want to go with others — peers, a guide, a support team. It makes the journey safer, faster and, heck, a lot more fun. Act it out, don't figure it out "Ideas occur when dissimilar universes collide.
In my career-change journey, it took me four and a half years to get out of a career that wasn't right for me. For most of that time, I was trapped in analysis paralysis.
As the coach I worked with at the time said, "Richard, it's like you're standing in a forest and you have a number of tracks in front of you. But you're paralysed because you don't want to make a mistake.