Starting a New Career at 45
Starting a new career at 45 can seem daunting, but it is possible! The key is to assess your skills and interests, create a plan, and go for it.
Assess Your Skills and Interests
The first step to starting a new career at 45 is to take a step back and assess your current skills, interests, and strengths. This can help guide you towards the new career that fits your needs and is achievable.
- Skills: Make a list of both past and present skills, things you’ve learned in school, work, hobbies, and daily life. These might include communications/leadership, or computer/technical skills.
- Interests: What do you enjoy? What do you find meaningful or exciting? What would you like to do more of?
- Strengths: What are your natural abilities? What comes easily to you? What sets you apart from others?
Create a Plan
Once you have assessed your skills and interests, the next step is to create a plan for your new career.
- Do research about the industry, job opportunities, and training requirements.
- Get advice from others who have made a change in their careers.
- Network and connect with people in the industry.
- Develop a strategy for updating your resume and applying for jobs.
- Consider skill-building training, certifications, and internships.
Go for it!
The last and most important step is to go for it! Change can be scary, but it can also be exhilarating and rewarding. Take one small step each day and before you know it, you will be well on your way to a new career!
Remember that starting a new career at 45 is achievable no matter what your life looks like. With the right plan in place, you can turn your skills and interests into a successful career.