I was online a short time ago looking for information on midlife career changes. It seems to be something I’m discovering more and more information about since I completed my personal third quarter transition. The data I usually find through an internet search is positive and upbeat. I don’t think I have come across anything that I would consider discouraging.
Well, that was until my most recent search.
The search results produced a long list of possibilities with the words ‘midlife’ and ‘career’ in them. I found one that looked rather interesting and clicked it to see more. What got my attention was that it indicated there were several tests one could take to determine such things as what you job interests were and what your job career path could be.
It sounded like fun.
I was pretty certain that I had ended up doing exactly what I should be doing when I changed careers late last year. However, I didn’t think it would hurt to take a quick quiz to see if maybe there was something about my personality that pointed to a slightly different career path. That doesn’t mean I’m already looking for a change. I was just curious.
Well, I was more disappointed than I had expected.
The links to several quizzes listed were to advertising sites. At first I was not impressed then it dawned on me. The perfect match for any kind of midlife career change can come from a lot of different directions. For me, it happened to be something I was already doing as a hobby. If I had not been dabbling in freelance writing, who knows what I’d be doing.
But I know one thing for sure.
Whatever my next career move would have been would have had to be something I either liked or had some sort of interest in. That brings me to my point. I can’t stress this enough, either. If you are making a change or considering one, why would you move from one career you are probably getting tired of to another that isn’t all that exciting? I mean, isn’t change supposed to also indicate some kind of progress?
I have had three careers in my life. Broadcasting, Print Media and now Freelance Writing. Sure, there are some common threads between the three of them but each is something I have found a great deal of enjoyment in working at. I think that if your career change is from one you like to another one you like, then you have truly been blessed. No one should be stuck working at something they don’t love or don’t enjoy. There is so much more to employment satisfaction than a regular pay cheque in my mind. If you like what you do, it increases your performance.
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My name is George Elliott. I have been in the Media Industry since 1978. I spent 23 years in Broadcasting and worked in a total of six different radio stations located in southern British Columbia Canada during my career. In 2000 I switched gears and moved into the Print Media Industry at a small town, local weekly newspaper. In 2004 I bought the paper and operated it with my wife, Brenda until July 2016 when we closed it. I launched a freelance web content and article writing business from my home in January 2014.