Executive Transition Coaching For Changing Careers After 40

A midlife career pivot requires courage.

It is never too late to make a career change. Doing what gives you meaning and what you are passionate about will lead you to being happier, more fulfilled. By the time most people reach 40, they’re settled into their careers and a way of life that’s become familiar, which makes considering a career change all the more daunting.

If burnout or a lack of fulfillment have become everyday burdens in your career, or if there’s a dream you’ve wanted to chase your entire life, taking that risk may feel worth it.

Everyone hits ruts in their career. Is that what this is for you? Or is there something else out there you believe will make you happier in the long run?

What do you like? What do you hate? What is currently pushing you over the edge to want a change—are you bored of the work? Sick of the people you work with? Chafing at a bad management style? Do you simply want to do what you do at another organization or do you want to make a bigger change?

Here is an exercise to try. Imagine you are at the end of a long life and are reflecting back on how you spent your time. What will you regret not having done? 

Great insight and epiphanies often emerge.

Want Something More + A Clear Plan - Midlife Fears = Freedom

Three main fears that hold people back from making big career transitions are - 
  • The fear of not being able to maintain current financial responsibilities
  • The fear of failure
  • The fear of what others will think 

Your life experience is exactly that. 

Many people in the over-40 set, have families to take care of and financial commitments, like mortgages and car payments. They’ve also often reached the peaks of their careers, having spent years striving toward that goal. Walking away after finally achieving what you’ve spent so much of your life working toward can be incredibly difficult—especially if doing so comes with a large pay cut and no guarantees of success.

Look at fears or self-limiting beliefs, work on how to address financial obstacles, and benchmark others who have made similar transitions.

Self-Limiting Beliefs = Life Obstacles 

There may be part of you that wants to leave your current career in a blaze of glory, walking out Jerry Maguire style with your head held high. But in most cases, you’re going to be better off if you gather a lot of information—and make a plan—first.

Working with an Entrepreneurial Coach will assist  in developing your plan and put it into action. 

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