How to Change Careers After 40
06:30 PM
Station Houston

Do you feel called to do something more with your life, but are not sure what? Do you want to change careers and feel stuck on what the next steps are? Do you worry about being "too old," or facing ageism in the job market? Do you find yourself torn between sticking with what you do now (and invested years and money to build) and wishing you could start over?

Remember being in your twenties and thinking people in their forties were old or had it all figured out, or must be completely settled? Now you are in your 40s, 50s, 60s or older, and you find that you still want to be creatively challenged, do work you love and make a difference.

In fact, often getting older increases your desire to contribute: as you achieve the goals you had earlier in life, discover what is most meaningful to you, or come face to face with the fact that after years of toil you are still unhappy in your current role, changing careers at 40 or later can be one of the most powerful and rewarding things you do.

How can you pursue a career change — especially if you are not sure what you want to do — at midlife or later? Career changers in their forties, fifties and sixties have some of the same challenges as their younger counterparts, but also additional needs including dealing with societal attitudes towards aging. But older career changers often also have more resources, starting with an expanded network, more work experience and resilience.

Why It Matters

As life expectancy increases, it makes sense to do something you love well into old age. This might mean changing careers later in life - whether by choice or because work conditions change. More and more people are choosing to change careers at 40 or later, will you join the movement?