Esther Gendelman’s mid-life career change was more of a shift of emphasis than a change of career. Esther’s emotional maturity was accelerated by the loss of her father when she was just seven years old.
For over 10 years, Esther continued to work as a teacher and assistant principal while also running therapy sessions for private clients. Esther’s career change from principal to private therapist brought challenges as well.
Esther relates well with people of all ages, but she has a unique ability to help empty-nesters and mid-lifers to navigate the challenges of transition to the next stage in life. Esther identifies the bewilderment that can come from having put your heart into raising your children, and then realizing that they no longer need the same time and energy from you. Finding so much joy in her own career shift made Esther eager to help others to tap into their inner strengths and resources, so as to flourish in their vocation and find meaningful ways to fill their newly-available time. Your information will never be shared or sold to a 3rd party, & you can unsubscribe at any time. Many people are intimidated by the idea of making a mid-life career change, especially because they buy into the myth that people who are 50 or older will face significant issues with ageism.
However, experts have indicated that age plays a much smaller role in a candidate’s odds of getting a job than is commonly believed.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average baby boomer will have approximately 11 jobs by the time they turn 46. This is partially caused by the continuously changing economy, but there are also psychological aspects at work.
Therefore, it is natural that baby boomers made the decision to look for more rewarding work, but this also leads to an increase in job changes.
Whether you are unhappy in your current industry or are at risk of being downsized due to economic challenges, it makes sense to consider a mid-life career change to increase your personal satisfaction and ability to make a good living. For example, if you have been involved in the sales industry, you can easily translate these skills to property management. Most people assume that you need a specific educational background in order to become a teacher, but this is not necessarily the case for individuals who have extensive experience in certain industries. Another option for people who still enjoy their industry but want to move onto a new level is becoming a business consultant. Many mid-life workers also find success branching out into non-profit management, nursing, real estate, and interior design. Subscribe to our NewsletterJoin 103,000+ readers and receive daily career tips in your Inbox! LinkedIn reports that of its 313 million members, 25% are active job seekers, while 60% can be considered passive job seekers – people who are not proactively searching for a new job, but seriously willing to consider opportunities. Regardless of your age, background, or accomplishments, you’ve probably fantasized about a new career at some point. Yet at the same time, humans are naturally prewired to fear and avoid change, even when we are decidedly unhappy with our current situation.
According to the article, here are 5 ways to recognize it’s time to seriously consider a career switch. This entry was posted in career, coaching and tagged change, coaching conversations, core values, mid-career, purpose. Another signal that indicates you’re ready to switch your career is the demotivation-feeling you have while working for the company. The state of the information security job market presents opportunities for mid-career professionals looking for a change and interested in the challenges and rewards of protecting data assets from cybercriminals. Download “Make a Mid-Career Change to Information Security” to learn more about what it takes to move into an exciting and rewarding career in information security. I knew for quite a while that I wanted to do something hands-on with computers and I kept hearing that data security was becoming a bigger and bigger industry with high-paying jobs.
Find out how Sheila Stevens successfully made a late-career change to information security. So I took a closer look at the stories of people I’ve known in the past (including me), who re-invented themselves and their work-lives in mid-career and so far, haven’t looked back. When I compared them with those who faltered, gave up or just stayed stuck, I was able to uncover at least three aspects of the approach they took, which seemed to make all the difference.
Most attempts at career change begin with come serious soul searching, the envisioning of an ideal future and the uncovering of your personal values, interests and skills  – all the things that make you tick. Based on these insights, you’re then meant to identify a few options, research them, select a goal – and then go for it! Gaining better self-knowledge is hugely valuable in lots of respects, but having a career strategy does not increase your likelihood of making a major leap into the relative unknown. In actual fact, most successful career changers don’t allow a small thing like building a plan to get in their way. They may have a few foundational ideas, and planning may come into it, but they don’t wait until everything is clear before they start putting out the feelers. What’s interesting is that they often begin with relatively small steps and they will sometimes make mistakes, but they do fail forward and they learn as they progress.
So whereas many of us assume we need to find clarity first before taking action, these people gain their clarity gradually and as a result of taking action.
I am convinced that the myth of the ‘Perfect Job’ is nothing but a conspiracy designed to breed feelings of dissatisfaction and inadequacy in the very best of us.
In our more rational moments, most of us would agree that the pursuit of perfection is nothing short of de-moralising and completely counter-productive. Meanwhile, when we focus on the Perfect Job as our future goal, the opportunities that come along in the meantime just never measure up and very often end up getting dismissed. I have found that the people who succeed in finding their new beginning are noticeably skilled at living in the present and they will consciously make decisions in the most imperfect of circumstances. In my experience, the best we can hope for in our careers is NOT perfection, but a sense of movement in a direction that has the strong possibility to bring  fulfilment, satisfaction, work-life balance or whatever it is you’re looking for.
If we can accept this and learn to enjoy the ride, we are more likely to find the success and happiness we crave. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions in our working lives. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident, and more and more successful. It’s hugely tempting and completely natural to want to share your dreams with family, friends, close colleagues and peers. On one level, it makes complete sense to consult with people who know you well and who can help steer you towards those new and exciting opportunities.
It sounds a bit harsh and please remember, it’s not usually a conscious ploy to sabotage your efforts.
In any case, if you want to find new answers to the question, ‘What will I do with my life?’  it doesn’t make much sense to keep looking in the same old places.
You need inspiration, ideas, connection with people who have followed a similar path – and succeeded.
At the end of the day, what really strikes me about the people we’re talking about here, is that in most cases, the transformation they have achieved did not happen overnight and in fact, for some, it is still on-going.
It usually starts with a powerful and positive intention (perhaps you are experiencing that right now). Take it from one who knows, changing career in mid-life is not as easy as some would have you believe, but it is highly possible and extremely worthwhile.

You will also be subscribed to receive valuable free updates to help you in your career and work-life. As the emerging corporate order is throwing up a host of job and business opportunities, mid-career change is getting more attractive. When Ganesh Chandrasekaran decided to quit his cushy job at a multinational IT company, it was not just about how he would adjust to his new role which was semi-entrepreneurial. His elder son was already doing his MS in the US and his daughter was planning a career in architecture.
Additionally, his home mortgage was still in progress and would continue to drain Rs 50,000 per month in the years to come.
For a high flying professional like Ganesh an EMI of Rs 50,000 per month may not look too steep. He would do well to pay off his entire mortgage loan as that would be a good way to utilise his savings.
Additionally, once the home mortgage is paid off, it becomes an asset that can be leveraged at a later date. For example, ensuring nutrition for the family is a priority but splurging money on eating out is not a priority. Expenses for the education of his children cannot be compromised and they must be given priority. There are some very critical issues you need to understand in the event of a mid-career change.
For example, Ganesh was having hefty health coverage for himself, his family and his aged parents from his existing company.
This is a very broad point, but extremely important when you are looking at a mid-career change. If you are looking to change your field, then invest in reading up, joining quality courses, attending executive development programs etc. It is good to be passionate about a career change, but it is also essential to be pragmatic in this entire exercise.
If the new venture is draining your finances badly, it makes sense to go back to your old venture. Ganesh must, therefore, take a very pragmatic and systematic approach to his mid-career change. A mid-career change, like in the case Ganesh, brings with it uncertainty, tumult and financial turmoil. Anil Rego is the founder and CEO of Right Horizons, an investment advisory and wealth management firm that focuses on providing financial solutions that are specific to customer needs.
With Christmas now receding into the distance, the rush is on in Japan to (literally) clean things up before 2008 ends and 2009 (the year of the Ox) begins. However, the most exciting aspect of writing since taking a career break from the corporate world in 2007, has been the personal thrill of wordsmithing materials which both educate and earn.
In this tough 2009 to come, there are clearly very limited foreign IT opportunities in Tokyo – even with a CCIE cert.
Interestingly, after nearly 20 years away from school teaching, I had some opportunities to (substitute) teach middle school science and maths this year. Sometimes, a mid-life career change comes about gradually, as a result of developing interests and slowly changing work-life patterns. A year ago she ended decades of employment in education in order to open a private practice as a therapist, but she does not see this as a break from her previous vocation. She loved her first working years as a second-grade teacher, nurturing these wide-eyed children who were just beginning their lives.
Now in her late thirties, Esther made the decision to go back to school, juggling her workload as assistant principal and her busy family life to study for her Master’s degree in Counselling and Human Services. The more she helped people, the more she came to feel that this was her life’s mission. 51 years young herself, Esther recently experienced the pain that goes with the pleasure of watching her children grow up and leave the nest. In fact, the majority of hiring managers are much more focused on the particular skills and background experience that each individual will bring to their company. Although half of these jobs will come earlier in life, it is interesting to note that the baby boomer generation has steered clear of the more traditional path of finding a solid company and sticking with them for several decades. After all, most of the boomer generation grew up watching their parents hold down difficult jobs that did not necessarily satisfy them emotionally. However, it will be imperative to carefully evaluate all of your options before you make the leap.
On the other hand, attempting to break into the science industry at this stage of your life will be much more difficult, especially if you do not have an appropriate degree. You are not going to become an elementary teacher without spending several more years in college, but you could easily teach at the high school or college level with a minimal amount of educational courses under your belt as long as you have a degree in your current field. This will allow you to utilize all of your experience and knowledge to assist others with filling the type of role that you want to leave behind. Ultimately, the path you choose should be based around hitting your financial and emotional needs, and you will need to be prepared for the fact that it could be a difficult transition. In addition, there’s been a steady increase of self-employed and temporary workers over the past two decades. Mid-life is often a time we reevaluate everything – our goals, aspirations, and what truly matters for us in life.
Businesses and organizations are prioritizing the security of data assets and hiring at a record pace, triggering significant skills and workforce shortages in the industry. With the right education and certifications, it is possible to build on existing skill sets and begin a fulfilling career in information security.
They may have a hazy vision of a future that looks quite different to the present – but one that they want so badly, they are prepared to work at it. Gone are the days when your dream was to join an MNC company, move up the ladder and spend the rest of your life with the same company. He had to answer the more immediate question of managing his finances in a steady and secure manner. But remember, when you are taking up a semi-entrepreneurial role, the last thing you want is assured liabilities. He can always borrow against his house in case he requires any funds for an eventuality in future. He must put off any kind of capital expenditure for at least 2-3 years till his finances stabilise. Similarly, any outlay that is in sync with his long term financial plan must not be tampered with.
That means assuming that this amount can earn around 8 per cent per annum safely, he will need to take a term cover of at least Rs 3 crore.
These costs may appear steep but they will be critical inputs in your career decisions and hence must be looked upon as investments. The social media space offers platforms like Linked In and Twitter where you can indulge in some serious networking among your peer groups. As we said earlier, it will be your personal financial planning that will be the biggest challenge. Be clear that when your net-worth erodes or your savings are endangered beyond a certain point, you will be willing to give up and revert to your old plan. What I’ve decided to do is let it be a living document for my own mid-career change journey, the rough and the smooth.

And a good part of my careers as a teacher and as an internetworking instructor have required it. I’ve found a good writing coach down under, Angela Booth, who really fuses a love of writing with a strong and time-tested way to make money from it (for herself and her writing clients). I may occasionally dip my new freelance writing pen in there from a marketing perspective too. It clearly has enormous potential for those who get the connected nature of web communities – be they friends, buyers, saints or sinners!
Passive income it is not (yet), as marketing work is required on an ongoing basis; but with proper systems there is enormous potential here. Her work as a teacher and then principal in a Jewish girls’ high school brought her to appreciate the importance of emotional therapy, then to add to her skills by retraining as a counselor, and finally to shift to a full-time private therapy practice. She loved talking with her grandmother’s friends just as much as she loved spending time with her own. Instead, Esther’s mother nurtured her memory of her father, telling her that even if she had known that their marriage would only last for nine years, she would still have married him. Slowly Esther moved up the school, teaching middle school and high school, becoming the assistant principal and finally full principal.
It took three years of  working during the day and doing her homework at night, but Esther was driven by the conviction that the skills of therapy are the key to personal growth and transformation. She enjoyed the opportunities to use her therapist skills at work to help girls who came to her with their problems, but administrative tasks took up much of her working time and did not require her strengths. After seeing advertising from TJE Network, who support people in setting up small businesses and entrepreneurial opportunities, she reached out to them for help.
With this in mind, people who have reached the mid-life point should never settle for sticking with a career that they are no longer satisfied with.
There are several industries available that will hire people without a specialized college education as long as you have work experience that can be applied to your new field. After all, it is often very challenging to learn a new field quickly, and you might need to rely on your business contacts to help you get your foot in the door. So many of my coaching clients, even those who are successful, secretly contemplate mid career shifts. He is a Certified Business Coach and works with CEO’s, business owners and sales professionals across North America.  Chip has written for a number of business and trade publications. Explore your potentials!Even if you are in the mid 40s and you want to look for another job, nobody is stopping you!
Degree programs at both the bachelor and master’s level—as well as specialized certificates—can drive these career changes. Today, many senior and mid-level executives in their late thirties and mid-forties are making a mid-career change. What he cannot afford to miss out is planning his finances in an astute yet conservative manner.
He needs to analyse his monthly spending patterns and try to reduce the wastage and flab in his monthly budget. If he goes for a private insurance cover then his parents will most likely not be eligible and he will have to pay a higher premium for the cover for himself and his wife. Do invest sufficient time in building networks as they will stand you in good stead in your career shift. That was probably my somewhat naive reaction to these a few years back – especially as the Tokyo foreign company IT job market was a well-remunerated cocoon all to itself. And I doubt I could stick the cold, wet weather for long – too long in Tokyo climate has made a big softie lol.
Her natural empathy and understanding shone through from a young age; she was the mediator on her block, helping to end arguments and solve childhood disputes among her friends and neighbors, and quick to step in when she saw someone in need of sympathy or encouragement.
It was her mother’s positive conversations about their beautiful relationship that brought Esther to value relationships as the most important thing in life.
Esther’s experiences convinced her that emotional awareness and relationship tools are more important than academic lessons. She concluded that she could support people’s emotional growth and resilience far more if she was free to focus all her time on working as a therapist. TJE Network matched Esther with a business mentor who was experienced in the same line of work.
Fortunately, making the right career change at any age will make the challenges worthwhile. And there are a lot of post-retirement opportunities available in this field, which was attractive for me at this point in my career. Things have changed, including my response to these networks now that I’m charting my own career course.
Her mentor was both demanding and supportive, insisting that she do her homework and following up on her progress. We offer international degrees from accredited universities around the globe.Order now and be amazed of what your degree can do for your future.
More often than not, it is either a bet on an emerging trend in the market or it is the beginning of an entrepreneurial journey.
Esther credits her successful career change to the many mentors and advisers that she met along the way.
Online Form Mid life career change: Are you up to the challenge?Finding mid life career changeFinding mid life career change can be difficult in tough economic times and particularly so if you are over 40.
You need to consider all aspects of mid life career change, from decision making to interview preparation and of course, you have to think about you current lifestyle and commitments. Your present responsibilities, for example looking after children or elderly parents, or paying a mortgage or other long time financial commitments may limit some of your career choices, making your preferred mid life career change ideas difficult or impossible to implement.
They may restrict you to a specific location or mean that you need to earn a certain amount of money, making retraining difficult.All about mid life career change nowSo begin by calculating the minimum amount of money you need to earn in order to survive.
Next, list the skills you have developed in your previous jobs and in non-work related settings. You might be surprised at how many skills you have picked up in your role as a parent, member of a committee, team or any other organization. So ask friends to tell you what they think you are good at.Mid life career change should not be tackled in haste. Although it can be difficult to get into some careers in midlife, training opportunities are much more flexible than they used to be. For example, you may have had to teach juniors at work and developed strong teaching skills which you could transfer to another area such as IT or teaching a sport or hobby.Spend some time looking at ways in which you could combine skills, knowledge and experience, both from work and other areas of you life and create a list of potential careers. If they are not achievable, you will be able to come up with alternatives if you extend your search. So make good use of the internet and don’t forget to talk to people working in areas which interest you. The internet can help you come up with some of the best mid life career change ideas that will not only give you a good start but will launch your mid life career change.Also, if you feel matters getting extremely confusing you can consult mid life career change consultants to help you out.
Mid life career change counselors and consultants have been trained to help mid life career change persons with the right mid life career change ideas that will help them transform their lives for the better. Today, there are so many people with the mid life career change aims but do not know how to start but with the best time and commitment, your mid life career change will definitely be a success.

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