Your best career change plan at 30s or more

Your best career change plan at 30, 40, 50 or more
Your best career change plan at 30, 40, 50 or more

You know you’re in need of a career change but don’t know where to begin. First off, congratulate yourself on arriving at the first station – you’re among the few who know, you deserve the change! Now, you’re all set to tackle the “hows” head on.

Decide what you’d love doing – the purpose

In the ever-so-busy lives that we lead today, we’ve forgotten to simply stop by and reflect. If you’re like 80% of today’s workforce, you’ve come so far in your professional life, just following the crowd.

Too many of us have put ourselves on auto-pilot, chasing that crowd-coveted path. Now, it’s time for some structured day-dream to your dream career change.

It pays to ask yourself the much clichéd question: What did you love doing as a kid? Seriously! – this gets you back to your first principles.

Think about what activities made you lose yourself. What are the activities you enjoyed doing so much that you forgot to eat and sleep? Your career path is a journey that must excite you. That should let you put to use – your innate and acquired talents.

If you want some inspiration to find your why, head over to this inspirational post on finding your purpose, or some deeply researched, insightful TED talks on purpose and creativity. Now that you’re armed with the sense of self – guided by your true north, move on to fill your armour with the tools.

Sign up for a course or two – the skills

Sign up for a course – free or paid; online or offline – depending on your affordability and availability of content in your field of choice. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) are here to stay and make you richer.

Have a study buddy. It makes you commit your time and motivation to your dream career change. You may, of course go it alone, but remember shared vision is double joy and you’d have someone to share your perspectives. Head over to this post on self-taught skills for a lucrative career, if you’re scouting around for a good one.

Read, listen, follow – the career hack

Get geared to invest your time in yourself. Read all the stuff you stumble upon in that coveted field. Follow the tips, tricks, trends and perspectives in the domain.

Listen to talks by experts. Listen to podcasts – during your commute to work, that wait in the long queue, over a lazy weekend or simply an hour before you get to sleep.

Follow online channels and people who’ve been there and done that awesome career change. Participate in online groups and communities of insiders and experts. Identify yourself as one among them. Equip yourself to have your own say on the subject.

Polish your skills – the side hustle

Learning by doing is the new paradigm to acquiring new skills. What use is years of classroom theory, if you haven’t learnt to apply it to real life? Pick up a project – a side project, a DIY hack, anything that works for you.

What would you do, if you were not afraid?. Listen to your soft inner voice. Do what you love; love what you do. Invest a few hours every week – stay committed to yourself and your mission to your dream career change. Here’s some side project inspiration for you.

The results of your labor will give you a high, that’s very well worth it!

Pulling it off – the career change

Celebrate the small successes of your part-time project which will pave the way to your dream career change. Make it a part of your portfolio, resume, profile – however you choose to maintain your professional accomplishments. Apply for part-time internships. Work with the people you choose to.

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Hustle along, until you’re all set to conquer on your own. Practice solving problems that make a difference to your community. Take on that new initiative with your current employer; change job; or choose to keep it a side project that you look forward to, every evening/weekend; choose to jump at it as a full-time entrepreneur – you are limited only by your imagination.

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Contemplating a career change-just jump onboard
Contemplating a career change-just jump onboard

Experiment, get better, and be awesome at, what you love doing. By law of karma, the riches will follow too!

53 Comments

  1. Oh man, I feel like I’m constantly getting signs to change my career!! This definitely motivates me to do it more!!! I’m a hairdresser but have always wanted to be a life coach and motivational speaker. Thank you for this!! ❤️

  2. This is really great information for anyone who has either recently graduated and feels like they “made a mistake” in choosing a major, or someone who is just in a career rut. It’s never too late, and these tips will help people who are ready for a change!

  3. Absolutely loved this piece. I’m 26 and have gone through so many different jobs and to this day I’m still learning what I’m really passionate about. I have my moments when I’m afraid that I just can’t find a company that makes me happy so I run away. Not the most ideal but with every decision I make, good or bad, I learn more and more. I guess we’re all right there!

    Thanks for sharing this. Great read 🙂

    -Vincent
    http://vincentcarabeo.com/

  4. OurFoodFix

    What great words of advice. It is so hard to decide how and when to make the move, but for many of us, it is essential to leading a healthy happy life. I am working towards this goal and hope to soon be working for myself. Thanks for the great inspiration!

  5. These are super great tips! I’m 24 and still have no idea what I want to do with my life. I like my job now but I don’t know if it’s a career for me. It just doesn’t push me creatively like I wish it did.

  6. theclutterboxblog

    Love this! I was on auto -pilot career path when my husband threw me for a loop by deciding to go back to school. He’s graduated and now I’ve got to figure out what to do. It’s all about polishing those skills for me right now.

  7. I haven’t really had a “career” yet, I guess i am a career baby maker! haha. However i do have a part time job that i am trying to step away from by becoming a blogger….it’s a big leap, and i am super nervous….but I’m giving it my all! thanks for the wonderful post!

  8. lovelysilvia

    This is great! I decided to start blogging last year because I was ready for something different and I went through so many of this tips! I can’t tell you how much it helped!

  9. I did this two years ago.I decided that I hated my job and what I was doing. I quit my job to work on my blog full time. I also pulled my youngest daughter from school and started homeschooling her. We both have never looked back. She has learned more in these two years than she did in the last two years she was in public school, and that full time I needed to work on my blog is paying off.

  10. This is great, it’s nice to be able to follow your dreams and go for the job that you’ve always wanted. It’s never going to be easy to do it at 30 or 40 and especially 50, but this plan is definitely going to make it possible!

  11. Robin Rue

    I went from working a 40 hour week to working for myself and it was the best move that I ever made. It’s never too late to make a change for yourself to increase your mental health and happiness.

  12. I recently changed my career path when I was on the eve of 30s and it’s not an easy thing to do. Even though my new career was somewhat connected to the old one (journalism vs blogging) it was quite a transition! I never regretted my decision but I have to say it was not easy to adjust to the realities of a new profession!

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