Changing careers is terrifying. Breaking away from something that you know and are comfortable with, and taking on a new challenge is frightening. You may have left school 20 years ago, be completely out of practice learning new things. You could also struggle having someone telling you what to do again if you’ve been in charge for a while. And, there are financial considerations. If you’ve been in a well-paid job for a while, it can be hard to face a pay cut.

But, many people reach 40 and find that they are unhappy at work. They’ve settled down and had a family, but their job isn’t making them happy. They feel like they are just working to pay the bills, and hate being there. They resent their jobs because it’s taking time away from their home life.

This isn’t really a surprise. We’re expected to choose a degree when we are 18, perhaps even 16 if you need certain college qualifications too. Then, that’s what you are meant to do for the rest of your life. Between 18 and 40, we change immensely. Few of us have the same interests and dreams as we did at 18. Our temperaments, personalities, likes and dislikes all change. Our hobbies change all of the time. So why should we expect that subject we choose at 18 to make us happy for 40 years?

Despite the worries and concerns of changing career, your 40’s is the perfect time to do it. Here’s why.

Perspective

Now you’ve got a little life experience behind you; it’s easier to put work into perspective. At 18, your studies and then job are the only responsibilities you have. Finding a good job, gaining promotions and being successful is all that you’ve got to worry about.

At 40, there’s more to think about. You might be less willing to give your job all of your free-time. Your priorities may have changed. Where once your job was number one and you were happy to give it everything. Now, your family may come first. You want a job that fits around your life. Not a job that is your life.

Money

At 40, you may have some savings or at least the realization that money isn’t everything. You’ll know how to repair your credit yourself if it’s bad and you’ll have financial goals you want to meet. You won’t just rush into a decision. You’ll take the time to save the money to take on further education, or you’ll have the start up cash to set up your own business.

You Know Your Own Mind

When we’re young, we often get pulled or pushed into things. We do things that make our parents happy, or what we think other people want us to do. We go to a college or take a course to be with our friends. We don’t always know what we want, so we do what we think we should or what’s easy.

At 40, you know your mind. You know what you want, or you are willing to take the time to think about it before making a decision.

Changing career could be the best thing you ever do. Just make sure it’s what you really want before you jump in.

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