5 Steps to Changing Careers at 40

Posted August 20, 2015 by Morena McNally, Career Services Director & filed under Careers

5 Steps to Changing Careers at 40Forty is a significant milestone in people’s lives. At 40, people report having greater clarity about their strengths and likes and dislikes, along with revitalized energy to pursue long-held ambitions. At 40, people’s children may be older, giving them more time to dedicate to themselves and their own professions. And at 40, people may find themselves closer to retirement, and feeling an urgency to take steps to increase their income.

With this confidence and energy, 40-somethings are in a position to follow their dreams – seeking a living doing something they really enjoy. If you’re 40 and considering starting a new career that will renew your passion for work, these steps will get you started.

  1. Learn about the career you are interested in and make sure it has everything you’re looking for. At 40, many people are seeking jobs that have high income potential and flexibility. Take the time to consider what’s important to you and make sure the move you make is in line with your personal values and career goals.
  2. If additional education or certification is required, research the schools or colleges that offer your particular program. Most people in their forties have work and personal demands on them in addition to launching a new career, so it’s important to find a program that’s flexible and has plenty of classes in the evenings and weekends. A quality school will also be sensitive to the fact that you may be reentering a classroom environment after many years out of school, and it will foster a supportive and engaging experience.
  3. Once you narrow down a school, go on a campus visit. Make sure the school is in an area that is convenient for you to get to. A program may require several weeks or months on campus, so it’s important that it’s in a place you enjoy spending time. Also, observe and meet with students and faculty and get a sense of their experience with the program. A site visit is one of the most effective ways to see whether a school or program is right for you.
  4. Determine how much the new career will cost. Consider both the expense of the program and the salary you can realistically expect to make once you start working. Find out if the school provides financial aid and whether you will be eligible. You may qualify for a loan, but it’s important to consider whether you will be able to comfortably pay it back. An admissions advisor will be able to review financial solutions and help ensure you do not start off your new career in the red.
  5. Ascertain how long it will take to complete the program. A quality massage therapy school can last eight months to a year, while a career in oriental medicine or acupuncture will require up to three to four years. As a professional in your forties, it is important to get trained, certified, and licensed in a short amount of time and start achieving your new career goals. To do that, the program must be comprehensive, yet accredited, efficient, streamlined, and focused on delivering the education and experience you need.

Forty is a great age to seize your new confidence and embark on the career you always saw yourself having, and opportunities for flexible, high-income, and high-satisfaction careers are many. For insights into starting a new career in the fulfilling field of massage therapy, acupuncture, or oriental medicine, contact us.

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