Making a career change at 40 (or any age) can be a deeply liberating and life enhancing decision. There’s a reason why reaching a milestone birthday can force us to question familiar and rooted aspects of our lives. I see it frequently with my clients who often approach me around this time. Through this blog, I want to share some of the triggers, fears and ways to embrace your higher purpose so you can begin to align your working life with greater purpose, peace and prosperity.
What triggers a career change at 40
For those who are familiar with my approach, it will come as no surprise that there is a spiritual aspect to why we question our lives when we reach a milestone age. Reaching 30, 40, 50 or 60 can shake us at our foundations and make us question who we are, why we are here and what life is truly about.
On an outer level, it can also make us reflect on whether we have achieved our (or societies) pre-conceived ideas of where we ‘should’ be in our lives. Do we have a partner? Do we own our home? And, do we do work that brings joy, fulfilment and prosperity to our lives?
If you have just reached (or about to reach) a milestone birthday, then here are a few questions you might ask yourself to work out whether you truly desire a change in career:
- Do you feel stuck at a crossroads and your indecision is consuming all your energy and your headspace?
- Are you deeply unfulfilled by your work and it’s starting to affect your relationships?
- Do you feel trapped by your job and it’s impacting your physical and mental wellbeing?
- Have you lost touch with your identity and feel sad that you’ve disconnected from the ‘old me’?
If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then it sounds like now could be the time to find your true career purpose. However, identifying that purpose and taking the leap to achieving it can be daunting…
Facing your fear of a career change at 40
It is extremely common to have limiting thought patterns that hold you back from making a change. The career or job you chose during your early years may not be the job you want to spend the rest of your working life doing. However, you may have spent 20 years honing your skills, making connections, and working your way up salary scales, which can be daunting to leave behind.
This is why finding your purpose in life is so important. Uncovering who you truly are underneath the layers of other identities and roles you play is the key to facing your fear. Moving from fear to faith is integral to making a career change.
Here are a few exercises that can help you on this journey:
- Releasing limiting beliefs – list any beliefs you have in relation to taking the next step in your career. Some of the common ones I hear are “I believe I’ll be throwing away the last 15 years if I make a change” and “I believe it’s not safe for me to leave my current role”
- Affirmation – create a new positive belief or an affirmation which you repeat regularly, and which integrates into your sub-conscious over time. For example, “I trust in myself and my ability to handle a career change”
- Journaling – getting your thoughts and feelings out of your head (where they can do the most damage) and onto paper gives them a voice
- Energy work – there are many wonderful energy treatments or practices you can do to help yourself heal from an energy block and restore balance. My favourites are Kundalini Yoga, Acupuncture, Crystal Therapy and Essential Oil Therapy.
Embarking on a career change at 40
Once you’ve made the decision that a career change at 40 is for you, how do you go about making that dream a reality?
Updating your CV, embarking on training and accreditation, making connections with the right people and companies, seeking advice and support from people who have made the leap – these may all be helpful and necessary actions to take. But I recommend starting by working on your foundations first. By taking some time to explore who you truly are, what’s truly important to you and what might bring you a deeper sense of fulfilment and joy.
If you’re turning a hobby into a business then you might want to read my workbook, where I guide you through some practical aspects that can help you on the road to success. From assessing demand for your business, to being honest about how much time you can commit to it, to your finances, and the support you have in place to deliver your business.
Alternatively, if you are looking for one-to-one support on your journey, then my one-to-one coaching programmes could be the catalyst you need to make your career change at 40.
Whether you are looking to find your true purpose, looking for the confidence to launch your own purpose led business, or you want to thrive and succeed further in the career you already have – my approach to spiritual career coaching can help you on your journey.
Hello, I'm Rebecca
Career Coach for people on a spiritual path
I support mid-career professionals who are ready to make a career change, launch into a more purpose-led career or business or simply enjoy a more fulfilling or balanced working life.
I believe that we all have a purpose here on earth and that life is too short to be stressed, unfulfilled and playing small.