How to Change Careers at Any Age

List: Posted: 12/10/10

By the time we reach middle age, we are expected to know what it is that we want to do with the rest of our lives.  Employers expect that we will remain in the same field from this point, and family members may think that things should remain constant.  However, not all adults are happy in their current careers.  If you are looking to change careers at an older age, here are some helpful tips.

A mid-life change of careers can actually be good.  You deserve to be happy, and to earn the kind of income that will allow you to live a comfortable life.  If you are considering changing careers, take the time to find something that will make you happy while offering both the pay and benefits you need.  Remember that take home pay is only part of the package, so look for retirement and health benefits, as well.

Another thing to consider when changing careers at an older age is whether or not your new career will require a new education, as well.  Do you want to spend four years in college to change careers?  If so, then by all means go for it, but take this into careful consideration beforehand.

Last, you will want to look at whether or not your existing retirement package can be rolled into a new plan with a new company. Changing careers can be wonderful, but ensuring that you have the financial support needed is imperative. 

With the right planning and advice, changing careers can be easy and can actually help you be happier in life. 

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