You're probably reading this because you currently find yourself in a middle-age career change, or you're looking for information to help someone you know who is in this situation, right? In the current job market, career changes are really not all that surprising. So being prepared for how to respond to them is clearly a logical step to take. Unemployment numbers are absolutely through the roof, and this is one involuntary reason you may be looking to make a career switch.
On the flip side of the coin, when companies downsize their workforce, the remaining employees are left behind to try and accomplish a five-person job with a two-person team, and with no increase in pay. This can lead to job dissatisfaction and could be a reason you're looking into making a midlife career change today.
Of course, there are some people who would be frustrated with their choice of career in any market economy, and a career change for them would be inevitable. Many people who find themselves caught in the middle of a midlife career change panic immediately. For most people, their job is what defines them as a person. When someone asks you to tell a little about yourself, it usually ends up sounding a lot like a job description. As a society, that's how we've been conditioned.
This terror, though, can lead to some severe lapses in judgment. The person may jump on the first opportunity that presents itself, without really taking any time to evaluate whether that position will be a good move for them or not. This is a horrible way to make any decision, and especially one that can have as critical an impact on a person's life as a career move. So, what factors should a person consider in making a middle-age career change? Join me in chapter one as I proceed to discuss how to reinvent yourself.