Changing careers after years, perhaps decades at the same job feels like a divorce.
You can’t just get out there and date again. You have to find you again. And transition into something you're comfortable with and can grow in other directions.
Do you often feel pressured to do a job other people want you to do?
When you've been in the workforce for a long time, it can be difficult to make the decision to change careers. After all, you've probably become comfortable with your routine and the people you work with. But sometimes we feel pressured to do something other than what we're truly passionate about. If that's how you feel, don't worry—you're not alone! We'll explore the idea of changing careers after decades at the same job, and why it can feel like a divorce. We'll also offer some tips on how to make the transition easier for yourself.
Why is leaving so hard?
Career changes are difficult, regardless of how long you've been in your current position. When you decide to leave a position you've held for a long time, though, it might feel like getting divorced. This is because it feels like you're betraying those who have supported you over the years. It's important to remember that this is your life, and you should do what makes you happy. You deserve to be content with your work.
5 tips to help make the transition easier:
• Take the time to really think about what you're looking for in a new career. Make sure that it is something that truly excites and motivates you.
• Identify any gaps between your current skill set, and the skills needed for the job you want. Look into further education, additional training, or certifications to bridge those gaps.