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Are you tired of your current role? Do you dream of doing something different?

If so, you may have considered making a career change. This is a big decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly, but if you are certain that you want to change your career now is a good time. After all, job vacancies are at a 60 year high, so most industries are looking to recruit!

Here are 7 tips to help you switch careers in your 40s.

 

1. How To Switch Careers In Your 40s: Set Clear Priorities

The first thing you should do is set clear priorities. Ask yourself these questions; what do you dislike about your current role? What would you like from a new role (less stress, fewer hours, more creativity etc)? Establish clear priorities for your new career, and then start considering which careers could be a good fit for you.

 

2. Be Aware Of Your Strengths

It can also be useful to be aware of your strengths (as well as any transferable skills) that you have. Write down the skills that you have learnt from your current career, and also make notes of any strengths you have learned in your personal life (for instance, if you took time off to raise young children you could include multi-tasking as a skill).

 

3. Take Advantage Of Your Contacts

One of the best things about changing your career in your 40s is that you already have an established career with connections. These connections could help you to find new work in a new industry, so spend some time networking with your contacts, friends and former colleagues to see if there is any way they can help you.

 

4. Think About Having A Career Coach

It could also be useful to have a career coach. A career coach is someone who will help you to focus on your goals and plans, and they will also help to keep you on track if you start to feel demotivated.

 

5. Update Your CV

Before you start applying for new roles take some time to update your CV. Include all relevant information about your latest job, but try to spend more time talking about your abilities and skills (rather than the previous industry you worked in).

 

6. Don’t Forget About LinkedIn

It is also important to update your LinkedIn profile. After all, there are over 600 million users on the professional network, so this could be a great way to find a new role!

 

7. A New Career In Your 40s

The idea of starting a new career in your 40s can be intimidating (especially if it has been a while since your last job interview), but it can also be hugely rewarding. So don’t be afraid to take the leap; just make sure that you are prepared first.

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