Career Choices After 40

At midlife: reinvention and change is commonplace. The recession has forced everyone to reconsider how their values contribute to and support them, and what options are open to them for career direction. As we begin this process of research and career choices we may notice that the salary isn’t the only motivator but instead we are aiming for a lifestyle of improvement, more reasonable hours to yourself or your family, honoring of your values and authenticity or less commute time.

If you will recall from the article earlier this week on Career Trends you’ll notice some of the same career information below from More Magazine as from US News & Report. Let’s explore some terrific careers for women over the age of 40. The decade of our 40’s is all about exploration, creativity, expanding into our greater work, production and producing for ourselves and our families. By following this awareness we have career choices that will inspire us to all new heights.

Being able to align with a career path that allows you to be your authentic self is empowering. The careers run the gamut from for profit to non-profit. Here is a sampling of what More Magazine, November 2009, have found to be popular among women. The careers are: Community Service Coordinator/Manager, Personal financial adviser, Environment scientist, Registered nurse, Computer and information systems manager, and Education administrator. Each of these reflects and represents larger trends we are noting around the world.

They are social service, financial impact and power, the environment, healthcare, computer technology and education. As you match your skills with trends some interesting things appeared in the survey which women in their 40’s are 50% more likely to consider school and 75% were stated wanting to keep their high salary earnings instead of switching to a less paying position. What was interesting was noting that a flexible work schedule ranked up there equal and on par to making a lot of money. By the time we reach our 40s we know who we are and what we are passionate about and want to have time to enjoy it. How are you allowing your passions to guide your career decisions?

In exploring your career choices it’s important to match your passions, interests and willingness to the market place. Understanding local and global trends is helpful in determining skills and connections that may need to be learned or enhanced. I encourage you to identify first the industry that intrigues you, find someone already doing the job that you want to, and find a way to learn from him or her, and identify clearly where you need to focus your attention.

What the research shows is that personal satisfaction drives our career choices. Be clear about where you are going.