As we hit our mid lives people do want to explore changing careers. Doing a job for 20-30 years is usually enough and people are motivated by curiosity to learn new things.
Increasingly, with longer working lives being a reality, people often think with 20 more year of work to do, now is the time to do something different.
The problem so many have is having no idea what to do next. In our survey of more than 6000 people over 50, this was the biggest issue followed by ‘ageism’ – which let’s be honest is a huge problem putting the ‘no idea’ issue into significant context.
So how can you make a change when you have no idea of what to do next?
Trying to find a role when you aren’t clear on what to do next: What most people do is try to find ‘inspiration’ through jobs boards, which is partly why we’re partnering with workingwise to share this article. We know jobs boards can open eyes to companies who are recruiting, the sorts of jobs which are in demand, but if you haven’t got the experience or network, very often people find they apply for jobs but get nowhere.
Having expectations which are too high: It’s important not to get hung up on the idea of a perfect job or doing something you are ‘passionate’ about or trying to ‘find your purpose’. These are good aspirations for how you should feel within a few years of doing something new, but as a starting point, this bar is too high.
Paying too much for a career coach: Often people want support and they go to a career coach to get it. The evidence around what does or doesn’t work with career coaching is still not entirely clear. We’d suggest those who are able to afford a career coach and who are proactive enough to find one are factors more likely to predict someone ‘getting a job’ than the coaching itself. We’re not wanting to disparage – we are afterall career coaches ourselves, but it’s because of this we know the issues with the sector. There is a huge range of what people will charge (we’ve seen it range from £50 – 500 a session) but without the clarity of ‘this coaching leads to this job outcome’ we would suggest people don’t pay more than £250 for a session.
At Brave Starts, we support people through a programme designed to get people clearer on what to do next. Once people have clarity, actions are purposeful and directed. If you know you want to become a counsellor (for example) then it makes sense to commit to the training. If you know you no longer want to run a pod cast, that distraction is removed allowing people to focus on the remaining ideas they have.
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