Thinking about scrapping it all to start a goat cheese farm in Maine? Even if you just want to switch jobs at your company, career change can be daunting.
Whether you’ve been laid off or you crave more satisfaction, looking for a position doing something you’ve never done before invariably comes with second-guessing: No one will give me a chance. I’m too old. I’ve done this forever. I can’t do anything else.
Bottom line: Reinvention is not for the faint of heart, but with work and a tweak to your mindset it’s possible. Here’s how.
The Evolving You
For starters, you’re not alone. People reinvent all the time. The average person born in the latter years of the baby boom held 11 jobs from age 18 to 44, according to the Labor Department .
That’s not to say they all turned their lives upside-down — the bureau doesn’t have data on how many went from banker to farmer, for example. The fact remains it’s no small number, and most of those boomers are still facing a decade or more in the workforce.
“In today’s world, you can no longer identify with a particular role. You have to start to think of yourself as a constellation of skills and talents,” says the author of The 10 Laws of Career Reinvention: Essential Survival Skills for Any Economy , Pamela Mitchell.Page 1 of 5 | Next Page