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Making a Career Change after 40

For some, a mid-career change is about optimizing. Many people have accomplished major career and life goals and are ready to take a breather to plan for their next career move, possibly an entrepreneurial venture.

For others, a mid-career change is about reinventing themselves to discover what they would really look forward to doing. I regularly meet 40-something moms who are ready to return to work, but want to start over in something new. I also see a lot of creative people who landed in an unsatisfying field early on and are now ready to launch a more exciting, fulfilling or unconventional career path.

In the last decade, I've seen a significant increase of people in their 50s and 60s who are rethinking their career path. Many are highly successful, they attained executive and director level positions and have a strong, internal pull to apply their years of experience and mastery to solve an important problem, make a difference or even turn their life into more of a playful adventure.

Doing something that suits your strengths and sense of purpose reduces bad stress and promotes a sustainable, healthy life balance.

Things to keep in mind before making a career change after 40 . . .
I want my identity back. I don't want to be known as the CEO of AOL Time Warner . . . I'm my own person. I have strong moral convictions. I'm not just a suit. I want poetry back in my life.

~Gerald Levin
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