We all get to that point where you feel it is time for a big change. It can happen at any time and maybe over a few days, weeks, months or even years. But the question we have to ask ourselves is how old is too old for a career change? Does such a threshold exist? When I first decided to change my path I pondered at length over this question. Is there a point when I should just find happiness in the career I chose? Is there an age limit to changing your career path? Below I have shared some common concerns on the matter and why I believe that you are NEVER too old for a career change. We all deserve to find happiness, no matter our age!
#1- Follow your passion
Firstly I will start with the most obvious. All of us have a dream or a passion. Something that we enjoy, something that makes us truly happy. The fact is that if you have not pursued your passion yet, then this is the time to start. You owe it to yourself to revisit your calling. I have never been happier than when I finally quit my 9 to 5 and followed my dreams of owning my own business. It is something that I would recommend for anyone, no matter their age. Another reason you may decide to leave the safety of your current employment is a new field that you are interested in. It may be something that did not even exist when you first began working, But building a career within which you have a genuine interest can transform your life for the better.
#2- Keep your mind active
Starting a new job presented me with many new challenges and I could feel my brain working hard for the first time in a long time. When I was working in the career I had been a part of for so many years I almost felt like I was operating on autopilot. That was when I knew it was time to shake things up and make the change. We all reach that point and I think it is important to recognise when it is time to move on.
#3- Remove yourself from stressEveryone deserves a work environment that does not stress them out. At a younger age, a high-pressure workplace can often feel like a challenge. But as we continue this feeling can often morph into stress. A high-stress career can take a toll on many aspects of your life. I found that it was impacting my health, but it can also put a strain on your relationships. You should never apologise for looking for a healthier work environment.
#4- Diminishing demand for your workplace
This could be a change in technology, waning demand for the products that you produce, or the services provided. Perhaps this is the push you need to look for a new career path. If your current occupation is set to decline then you may want to look into long-lasting careers to obtain that all-important job security. It will certainly help to prevent you from falling into the same situation again.
#5- A change in values and priorities
Since the start of your career, you may have had a significant change in what you find important. It may be time to look for a career in a more stable field to get that all-important job security. Maybe it is the fact that you feel differently about your job as opposed to when you first began many years ago. If your values have changed from being work orientated to family orientated then you may wish to spend less time in the office and more time at home without quitting your job completely. Earlier hours may suit you better. Whatever the reason for your decision, and however your feelings about your current employment have changed, this may be the best time to explore a new option. Find something that works for you now and into the future.
#6- You can not stay in your current employment for the length of your working life
I have certainly been there! The thought of staying in my previous career until retirement gave me what can only be described as anxiety. I thought to myself, 'will I honestly be happy if I stay in this career for that long?' And the answer was a resounding NO! I knew that I owed it to myself to find something that would change my answer. Everyone should be able to happily stay in their career until they retire. Why spend the later years of your career unhappy and wishing for it to end? We work for the majority of our lives, so make it worth the daily grind. Find something that you love and that will be more rewarding than any amount of money.
#7- You have reached the peak of your career
There is nowhere else to go once you have reached the top. It is what we strive for most of our careers. But what happens when you get there? This could be the perfect time to start your new career. Transfer what you have learned to something new. Challenge yourself. It is a refreshing change to what you have been doing day in and day out for many years. The bottom line is that I do not think such an age exists. There is no time in your life where a career change is not on the cards. We work to live, not live to work so we should be spending the majority of our week in a job that we enjoy rather than one we slave away at just for the money that comes our way. At the end of the day stress and depression can send us to an early grave. Do not let your career control you! Find your passion and love every aspect of your life, we only live once.
Love & Blessings, X