Need a Change? How to Navigate a Career Change in Your 40s

According to a 2014 Gallup Poll, less than one-third of U.S. workers feel engaged in their jobs. Dissatisfaction like this in the workplace is what causes many individuals to change career paths later in life. If you are considering a dramatic career change, here are four tips to transition with ease.

Re-Discover Yourself
If you’re considering a career change, it’s obvious that your passions and interests have evolved over the years. Before diving head first into a new industry, make sure to review your options carefully and decide on the career path that best fits you now. This is a time for introspection and meditation as you decide where the rest of your career will take you. Once you determine your new priorities and dreams, you can navigate your future with a clearer mind.
 
Put Your Passions First
This change will definitely not be an easy one. At times, you may get frustrated and feel like you are falling behind your peers. To get out of this rut, focus on your reasons for changing your career path. Remember why you left your old job and the parts of your life that will be improving once you are settled into a new career. Chances are your family, your mental health and your future will all be positively affected.

Be Ready To Learn
Becoming a newbie in your new field can be intimidating, but the right attitude during the change will allow you to soak up new information and look forward to the rest of your career. Don’t go into the new industry thinking you know everything. Humble yourself and be willing to learn from the best and brightest in the career field so you can excel one day as well.
 
Consider Continuing Your Education
Earning a certification or degree in your new field may be the perfect way to launch yourself into the next step in your career. With enhanced knowledge of your field, advice from seasoned professors and connections in your industry, the transition will be much easier. There are many options including certificates, degree programs and continuing education courses.
 
While making a big life change can be challenging, a career transition will give you a fresh perspective on your knowledge, skills and abilities. Contact CSU’s Career Services Department for more advice, tips and information.