Mid-Career Change in a tough job market ?

As a recruiter, I come across several candidates with different set of abilities and qualifications talking to me. And, they come from different markets – domestic, international, urban/ metros and semi-urban cities. Most job applicants seek help from me and the standard situations they are under is one of them listed below :

– they feel job-insecure due to the current state of economy and they wish to reverse the decision they have taken and be risk-free
– they wish to return to India from whatever overseas markets they are in ( mainly from the UK and Middle East markets)
– they feel under-utilized or contrarily they feel over-stressed under present economic conditions
– they want to play a larger role with a better designation and more pay packet

The reasons to change the job could be varied and endless. My only advice to such job applicants – Wait and take the right appropriate decision keeping in mind their abilities and long-term career interests. If they are heading towards a dead-end road on their jobs, it is better to look at a career-change even though it is in the middle of their career. Quite often, we do not self-introspect enough and we overlook our strengths in other skill-sets we have outside the job we are doing. Let’s look at a typical example – ‘A sales professional forcibly sticking to a particular vertical industry because of his in-depth experience in that industry !’ But, if there is no career growth further in that vertical, there is no point hitting yourself against the wall. Why not look at imparting your ‘excellent’ sales training skills to the younger generation in need and be a Sales trainer. Or be a motivational speaker ? But, needless to say, one needs to know what he wants to do prior to the actual career change is executed.

Career changes after the age of 40 are usually considered by candidates, who do not find their current job challenging enough, or they are experiencing job burnout, or perhaps who have lost their job or their company went out of business. The reasons are many and varied, but the bottom line is that career re-invention after 40, although it can be stressful, it can also be really productive and rewarding. Perhaps the most difficult part of a mid-career change is to adapt your new career to the tough economy like we are in at the moment. Re-invention might suggest gaining from different resources, not necessarily only financial. To reduce the impact of a tough economy on your career, you have to consider the current economic uncertainty and capitalize on career opportunities that can offer more than your current job offers you.

Do you have the necessary degree, qualifications or are you specifically certified to gain from the new career you have chosen for yourself ? Do you possess a positive mindset? Do you have the drive to pursue your goal ?

Career change after the age of 40 might also suggest age discrimination. And although age discrimination is not right, we all know it happens in most work environments. Competing with candidates who are a lot younger may be challenging or hurting and employers might consider that younger candidates have higher employ-ability and are better assets for the company than their ‘over 40’ counterparts. Are you ready to deal with this kind of work situation ? The challenge in mid-career change is to be certain that you have the motivation to proceed in the right direction with a positive mindset.

Please do let me know if you would like to discuss more about the ‘suitable’ job opportunities available to you.

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2 thoughts on “Mid-Career Change in a tough job market ?

  1. well expressed.i choose to differ only at the thought that its not necessary to feel this hit at 40..it could be any phase of your career. Like personally for me i think i have got good exposure to global market now, but i believe i am much more capable and rather than just selling hardware i could do so much more! but still contemplating what are the options! so not necessarily at 40 i gues 🙂
    shilpa m

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