A Guide to Midlife Career ChangeMay 19, 2010
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Career Change & Life Balance is an invaluable resource, packed with practical information on midlife career change, hundreds of useful references and links, and an abundance of common sense advice for changing careers or achieving better work/life balance.
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This guide will help you:
- Gain insight into your motivation, purpose, values, and work priorities.
- Understand the role of career counselors and life coaches.
- Find the best career assessment tests and tools.
- Evaluate alternate career options.
- Assess the possibility of returning to school.
- Determine whether a sabbatical or "vocation vacation" is right for you.
- Understand the benefits and challenges of pursuing and entrepreneurial path.
Career Change & Life Balance -- Detailed Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION TO MIDLIFE CAREER CHANGE
Successful career transitions don't happen by accident. This guide will help you plan a strategy to tap into your network of friends, colleagues and career counselors who can provide insight, guidance and inspiration.
SORTING OUT LIFE AND CAREER PRIORITIES
Who are you and what do you want in your next career? The answers can be hard to find. Here's a look at the wide array of career assessment tests and career planning techniques and tools available to you.
CAREER COUNSELORS AND CAREER COACHES
Career counselors overlap with career coaches; both are trained to listen deeply, ask powerful questions then hold up a "verbal mirror" reflecting a client's comments to provide those flashes of insight. This guide will help you understand how to take advantage of these professional career resources.
Since the wellness movement began in the mid-1990s, the coaching industry has boomed, with so-called life coaches available for everything from weight loss to parenting. Many specialize in career advice and career transitions. Find out if life coaching is right for you.
A growing number of financial planners practice what they call "life-planning." Along with more traditional financial advice, they help clients assess their goals and values and clarify what they really want out of life-and how to get there financially.
FINDING THE RIGHT CAREER OPPORTUNITY
Once you know what you want, how do you find the career opportunities to match? Even more important, is your dream career viable? This guide will help you find the answers.
THE NEW ENTREPRENEURS
Do you want to start a small business? Work from home? Buy a business franchise? People age 45 to 54 are the fastest growing group of new business owners in the country. Here's a look at the rewards and challenges of start-ups, and the strategic keys to getting started.
NEW PATHWAYS BECKON
Midlife career change is often an opportunity to find greater fulfillment in life. Here are some closing insights on what it means to live a good life in your middle years and beyond.
For those ready to take the next steps, we provide an extensive guide to further reading, online career resources, and events you can attend to help you move forward.