All through our schooling and further education we are programmed to believe that in order to be happy and successful in life, you need to work hard, get a good job and climb the career ladder. Back in the day most people were happy with that. Nowadays it is a very different picture.
It’s ludicrous to think that back in your 20’s you made a decision on what you wanted to do for the rest of your life and have to stick with it.
The stats are disturbing around how many people are unhappy in their jobs. It causes a lot of stress and stress is one of the biggest causes of disease in the western world. So why put up with it.
It's mainly just excuses caused by fear. You’ve been in your comfort zone for so many years that the idea of stepping outside that is terrifying. So you’ll come up with excuse after excuse. I know I’ve done it.
I’ll never get another job at this salary
I’ll have to start from the bottom
I’m too old to start again
It’s not the right time
I don’t know where to start
I’ll think about it in the New Year
You may be lucky enough to know exactly what you want to do and how to do it but if you do you’re in the minority.
So you can't do anything else, you couldn’t be more wrong. You have a wealth of experience built up over many many years. Many of your skills are transferrable. Look over you CV and you’ll see just what you have to offer. The undergraduates may have a qualification but they don’t have your experience or anywhere near it.
Volunteering can open up many opportunities. Obviously it’s unpaid, so either you need to be able to support yourself or you could do it whilst in your present job. I did some volunteering with the Citizens Advice Bureau many years ago when I was between jobs, It was a real eye opener but the thing that struck me was the attitude of the people who were volunteering. As they were there because they wanted to be and not because they had to be, there was no negativity.
Studyinga course , either vocational or academic. There are many courses for mature students. This route can be costly, can take a lot of time, and there is a high number of graduates chasing a low number of jobs.
Setting up your own business: People in their 40’s & 50’s have been setting up businesses in record numbers in the UK. Many want the freedom self-employment brings. It can enable them to follow their dreams. The skills , expertise and dedication that they bring to entrepreneurship make them ideal.
Quitting my job and changing direction was the best thing I have ever done. I went down the digital route and invested in an online education. I thought at first all the digital revolution was just for the youngsters, I couldn’t have been more wrong. It’s enabled me to start up my own online marketing business and work wherever and whenever I want. The skill set offers a huge opportunity from building a business from your hobby, affiliate marketing, marketing consultancy, coaching and if you do want to remain employed the skill set will be invaluable. It’ll give you the skills needed to compete in the digital world.