What is one consideration for a later in life career transition?
To help you make the best decision about a later in life career transition, we asked business professionals and leaders this question for their insights. From prioritizing your passion to factoring in your mental health, there are several things to take into account before making a later in life career transition.
Here are eight things to consider for a later in life career transition:
- Align Career Goals with Life Goals
- Review How You Stack Up
- Develop a Career Transition Plan
- What Next Should Become Whom Next
- Prioritize Your Passion
- Take Stock and Be Strategic
- Design Your Final Chapter
- Factor in Your Mental Health
Align Career Goals With Life Goals
If you’re at this sort of juncture, I would say you need to think about what it is you’re searching for in a career change at this stage of life. What is your motivation? Are you trying to prove something to yourself or to others? If at all possible, make sure that your career transition goals align with your life goals to ensure you the least stress and the best chance at success.
Jon Schneider, Recruiterie
Review How You Stack Up
Are you as competitive a candidate as you can be? You need to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. If you’re moving into a new industry, companies might prefer younger candidates with more specialized experience; can you compete? You’re also facing the prospect of other candidates changing careers at the same stage in life; how do you stack up against them?
Ryan Nouis, TruPath
Develop a Career Transition Plan
When considering a career transition, the most important thing is recognizing that there is a need for something new. Every change begins with the realization that the current circumstances no longer serve us. My advice is to develop a career transition plan with things you want to learn before starting, people you want to reach out to for support or mentoring, and events you plan to attend.
Orienting yourself in the industry takes time and shouldn’t be rushed through. You can start by learning more about the specifics of your new career path and expand your knowledge and skills in that direction. Learning new skills through online courses or YouTube videos is a great way to start. These activities will help you acquire industry knowledge and feel more confident when looking for new job opportunities. You can also begin engaging in specific online communities to find out more about career development possibilities and gain firsthand experience from experts in your new field.
Dorota Lysienia, LiveCareer
What Next Should Become Whom Next
These days, when executives start to consider career transitions, they often see their legacy as being a “thing” — e.g., their great invention, their name on a building, or the healthy trust fund. It would benefit society as a whole, later in life, if successful executives considered a career that involved identifying and nurturing future business leaders, one that focuses on the “whom,” not the “what.” Also, the “whom” must be inclusive of people of color and people with disabilities, who will make up such a large percentage of society in the future.
Denise Meridith, World’s Best Connectors LLC
Prioritize Your Passion
Life is too short to be miserable. If you find yourself in a dead-end job or career, it may be time for a change. Use your years of experience to find a job that you are passionate about. It should be one that you are excited in the morning to wake up and get going to. Money should not be the deciding factor because hopefully, money will come if you are happy.
Paula Harvey, Schulte Building Systems
Take Stock and Be Strategic
You will find plenty of opportunities out there but you should not ever make a move out of desperation. If you are considering a career change, then look for the motive. How it will help you grow, how it will shape your career, and build it better than before. If it matches your skills and interests and if you think it will advance your career then you should definitely go for it.
Sanket Shah, InVideo
Design Your Final Chapter
When considering a career transition later in your career success, I like to pose three questions:
Does this opportunity have the potential to be the final chapter for your career successes?
Will this opportunity potentially set you up for another transition?
Are you ready for some re-inventing in this stage of your career?
Career transitions later in your career have the potential to be invigorating and set a new stage for success. What a beautiful way to finish your chapter!
Diane Fennig, The Gallagher Group – Executive Search & Leadership Advisors
Factor in Your Mental Health
No career is worth your mental health. It used to be a taboo topic. More and more companies and individuals are opening up about mental health in the workplace. When proceeding with a career transition please make sure you factor in your mental health and any strain your current role has on you and your potential transition. It is easy to get lost in the pretty frills of a new career or a counteroffer from your existing role.
Andrew Aziz, The Breeze Performance Model