It has been almost three years since we were more or less ‘forced’ into making midlife career changes. At the time is was equal parts scary and exciting. Okay, maybe somewhat scarier than exciting but that did eventually change. Both my wife, Brenda and I are fully immersed in our new careers that we moved into late in our lives and enjoying them. So, what exactly is so good about changing careers in your late 50s? Here are a few reasons that I can come up with:
1 – There’s A Lot More Freedom Than You Think
This is very true, at least in our situation. Instead of looking for employment in different fields, we chose to focus on home-based businesses that we were both operating as casual sidelines. The benefits we have seen from this approach have been many. They range from lower overhead and expenses (no rent, no additional utility costs, etc.) to having complete control over what we choose to work on each and every day. Yes, we do have commitments, but the pressure is gone.
2 – Since I Just Mentioned It, There’s Less Stress
I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t any stress in the beginning. I’d also be lying if I said there wasn’t any stress a little later than that. However, the reality is that stress is virtually non-existent these days as we are both well-established in our new careers. It didn’t happen overnight, either. But now that we are there, there are few things we worry about anymore. Yes, there are things that are still unfinished, but nothing worth getting twisted out of shape about.
3 – We Are Setting Examples For Others To Follow
We both know that there are some people we encounter who learn about our third quarter transition and seem quite taken by what we did. At the time we had no real guidance. There was no rule book or schedule of events to follow in order to make the transition seamless and as painless as possible. We more or less wrote our own rule book and have been ‘teaching’ others how to make a midlife career change happen successfully. We did fluke some of it.
4 – We Like What We Are Doing In Our Lives
Probably the biggest bonus to come out of our midlife career changes is that both Brenda and I are doing things we really enjoy doing. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve always enjoyed any job I’ve had opting to find the positives over the negatives but it really shows that we are having a good time with both of our new career paths. I think also that if you enjoy what you are doing, it eliminates the stress, worry and other situations that suck the fun out of it.
Need Some Encouragement With Your Third Quarter Transition?
One of the easiest things you can do to get the information you need on your midlife career change it by learning from someone who has been there. Brenda and I have gone through that change and it inspired one of my eBooks, “Surviving Midlife Career Changes.” All you need to do is download your copy and in it you will discover valuable tips that will not only guide you, but will encourage you each and every step of the way through your career change.
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.