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How to Approach a Mid-Life Career Change

How to Approach a Mid-Life Career ChangeYou know you’re not happy in your current position, but aren’t quite sure how to proceed. It’s a common problem, but it becomes more challenging when you’re having these thoughts later in life. Instead of grinning and bearing it while hating every second of your job, consider using these resources in order to find a career that is more fulfilling:

Do some research

The great thing about the Internet is that you have access to plenty of information about other career possibilities. If you’ve been kicking around the notion of switching jobs or changing fields entirely, make researching other industries a priority. Learn about the hours, pay, necessary skills, and lifestyle associated with this job. Read stories from people who are currently working in this field. If you’re still interested after doing your fair share of research, it’s worth pursuing the idea further.

Take personality tests

In order to find the ideal job, it’s necessary to learn what drives you as a business professional. Do you like teaching others? Are you better at working alone or in groups? Understanding your major character traits, including strengths and weaknesses, can help you to get a better sense of the career path that is most suited to your personality type. If you’re unsure, you can take tests online to give you a better sense of what exactly you’re looking for in a job.

Do some job shadowing

It doesn’t matter how old you are, job shadowing is a highly useful way to learn about other career possibilities. It’s one thing to read about other career paths, but it’s even more powerful when you’re able to experience this job firsthand. If you’re kicking around the idea of becoming an events planner, why not shadow someone who does this work every day? You’ll get a much clearer sense as to whether this profession is right for you, and may make valuable industry connections as you do it.

How did you go about preparing for a career change? Let us know in the comments!

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Lauren Levine

Lauren Levine is a copywriter/blogger who contributes to a number of magazines and websites including The Frisky, USA Today, and others. She also authors her own blog called Life with Lauren. She loves cooking, anything on the E! network, and is trying to convince herself that running isn't so bad.