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  • Career change after the big four O

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    29 posts, 19 voices, 2681 views, started Apr 1, 2009

    Posted on Wednesday, April 1, 2009 by Yana Berlin

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      Career change after the big four O

      I speak to so many women who embark on new careers after they turn forty and over. What drives them to shift gears at this age?  My observations has been that it's different for everyone some women want to have more freedom, others need to express their creativity, but all agree on one component, all have an urge to finally do what they love and fulfill their life goals.

      Changing careers can be a frightening thought for anyone, especially for us women who are always overwhelmed with  kids, family, caring for our aging parents, etc.  After considering  all of the negatives, you may be thinking that any kind of change is crazy, but before you allow yourself to do so, think of all the positives that new career will offer, and consider that millions of people change their careers, and you can too.
      Regardless of what your dreams are, remember, that the sky is the limit.

      If you can dream it, you can live it and you can have it, planning is the key

      Companies are laying off people left and right, and economy is lucking gloomy to say the least, however, if you believe in yourself, if you can do your homework and  figure out  what you really need in order to succeed, your dream can and will become reality.

      Remember that anything is possible for us unstoppable women, even changing careers in mid life.  Do as much research as possible, plan ahead, and figure out what the first steps will be and do what you love.

      To your success

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          Yana Berlin wrote Apr 1, 2009
        • You go GIRL!!!!!

          We need an astrologer on board.

          Welcome to our group. estatic



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          Jenz ~ wrote Apr 1, 2009
        • my horoscope today  

          PISCES Try to tap into that well of good energy you can feel down deep and see if you can inspire yourself to do something new. You may be able to force-start the next chapter of your life, if you want!  

          I thought it was congruent~  =)

          I’m working on just that!



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Apr 1, 2009
        • Believe or not - I am at that cross road.  I need to do a very deep soul searching.  Pray for me please. happy



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          Fabfae wrote Apr 1, 2009
        • I am w/Chinadoll.  I am definitely at that crossroad. I am so  not satisfied w/my current status.  I want something different and can honestly feel the need.  It feels like a desperate desire..... seriously.  I know that might sound a little dramatic but it is the TRUTH!



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Apr 1, 2009
        • I hear you too Fabfae.  I wonder how we should do our soul searching.  What questions should I ask myself?  

          At this point, money, fame and many others are no longer a top priority, compared to when I was in my 20s. frown



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          Tuliplady wrote Apr 1, 2009
        • I am at that crossroad as well.  Starting college in June.  Scared to death, but determined.



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          Yana Berlin wrote Apr 1, 2009
        • Chinadoll, you wanted questions? and here they are estatic

          Love What You Do

          To succeed in a new career, you must be inspired!   That's why the career you choose must be something that fills you with passion and enthusiasm.  Of course, the money is important.  But the love for what you do will bring far more satisfaction and money in the long run.  The ultimate goal should always be to create income doing what you do best while loving the concept.

          If you don't know what gets your juices flowing, ask yourself the following questions:

              

          What is my purpose?

              

          What is my unique gift?

              

          How can it play a larger role from now to the end?

              

          What will it take on my part to achieve success in my new endeavor, and what is the first step towards it?

          Answering these questions is critical, because if you don't know where you're going, you will never get there.

          Once you know where you want to go, the key to getting there is to devise a plan, see it clearly, repeat it constantly, share it cautiously, and shape it continuously.  Then nourish it constantly and let it grow.

          Albert Einstein once said: Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."  You will never get new result unless you take new actions.



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          Carine Nadel wrote Apr 1, 2009
        • as you know Yana,  I write, that’s what I set out to do way back as far as when I was in jr. high!  Have my degree in broadcast journalism.  put everything on hold while I raised our kids, I went back to writing as soon as our youngest graduated high school.  Still only did it as “fun“.
          As you pointed out, people are getting laid off and I was one of them.

          hubby and I discussed it-if I don’t “go for it” (writing full time) now, then when????

          So, I’ve set up a dedicated office, made business cards, constantly send out queries and talk to PR people and other writers.

          I’m dreaming it, I’m working on doing it and, even if it’s for not much money, I’m starting to get paid for it.



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          Wadha wrote Apr 1, 2009
        • I think I’m at that point right now. Do I go through more schooling (CCNA OUCH) or do I redirect myself. Doing the CCNA seems like such a huge drag. Not to mention my memory doesn’t seem the same as it was after I graduated college. It would be a huge challenge—- but a huge leap in pay!



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          Natcat4112 wrote Apr 9, 2009
        • Yup, that is me. I am 43 and I have always been in the fashion industry. I know nothing but that, therefore I am looking more of a career freedom than career change. I would love to pursue Archaeology and continue towards a degree in History but that might be my next chapter in life.

          With my current work situation I am now pushing myself to do something about it. I am in the works on putting together an e-commerce website for women on the go. Lets see what happens :)



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          Pursehappygal wrote Apr 12, 2009
        • It would seem that every decade I have a change in my life and now this is really no exception. More about it is here,
          on my blog page.
          I have a tremendously supportive husband.I’ve been very blessed to have him in my life. We are both self employed (he’s a courier) so life is interesting finacially at times.
          But it’s never dull.



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          Jane Woods wrote Apr 15, 2009
        • When I am coaching one of the most common issues presented is ‘I hate what I am doing but I don’t know what I want to do instead‘.

          I have just finished putting together a book of all the questions and exercises I use and called it ‘When Work isn’t Working‘- the handbag guide to having a great work life. (I am particularly pleased with that title!!estatic)

          I get the first proof on Friday. I am not sure whether it will translate into American, if you follow me! I will sell it in UK at events and on my site and possibly through Amazon. I am speaking at a conference in London in May called ‘Employawoman’ and will launch it then.  

          I changed careers at age 48 and have never regretted it. I love running my own business and helping women live their lives to the full. I am very lucky! Good luck to all of you who are making choices right now. My advice is ‘It’s better to regret something that you have done, than something you have not!‘.
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          Cynthia Cavoto wrote Apr 24, 2009
        • When I turned 40, I did some serious thinking, too. My kids were finally all in school full time, and I wondered what to do for the rest of my life. I returned to college, not really knowing what direction to go in. I just started going again. Long story short, in one of my business classes, a wonderful professor inspired me to get into marketing.  He told me he could see me doing well in it. I took his advice, majored in Marketing, and got an entry level job in marketing.  I molded the job into what I wanted it to be.  My boss was awesome. Now I do internet marketing from home, and will graduate with my A.S. next month.  After that, it’s on to my B.S. (an accelerated online program)  

          I am so happy with my choices and have really acheived my goals.  My kids and husband are so proud of my determination to succeed and work in a field that I love.  

          I am in a great place in my life, and turning 40 and finding who I am and where I’m going has been amazing.  

          I wish all of you the same inspiration and happiness.  You will find your “niche” and be better for it.  

          Much love to all of you!



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          Mjmurphy wrote Apr 25, 2009
        • I am wanting to do something that is more satisfying to my creative side. thanks for another great post Yana and the additional information. Wish I understood English better, I’m sure Jane’s book would be very helpful.



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          Linda Binns wrote Jun 16, 2009
        • There’s a great book by Barbara Sher called ” I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was” There’s also another one by Cynthia Kersey, called “Unstoppable” I have found both of those books helpful when working with clients. I think it’s something many experience after 40, wanting to go in a different direction, but not being sure exactly what to do.

          It’s like we spend the first half of our lives doing what everyone else wants or taking care of everyone else, and then we don’t want to do that any more because we know we need to start taking care of ourselves.



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          Linda Binns wrote Jun 16, 2009
        • Hi Yana,

          I hope your daughters enjoy the books - let us know how they get on.



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          Coralee Flug wrote Oct 4, 2009
        • I made a career change a bit early I was 37. Best thing I ever did. Surround yourself with amazing and talented people, and love what you do. Best part is I get to help other women happy



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          Latonya wrote Apr 21, 2010
        • I’m at a point in my life, and career of wanting something different. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one, feeling this way. My hubs thinks I’m either going through a mid life crisis, or about to lose my mind.



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          Hbrose wrote Apr 21, 2010
        • I, too, am working on my dream Yana!  I find your words encouraging and inspiring for those who are truly considering going down a new path.  For me, it truly is about reinventing myself, my career, my outlook and objectives in life.

          The wheels are in motion, wish me luck! happy



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          Hbrose wrote Apr 21, 2010
        • Latonya, at this stage in our lives, its more about us (you)!  You‘re not losing your mind, I’m sure like many of us, you have done so much for everyone else. It’s time for you now. Go for it, shoot for YOUR dreams now, we‘re here for you!  happy

          Chinadoll, I love the questions Yana posed to you, its a great exercise for you (all of us) to begin the journey and figure out which path to take. I’m doing much of the same now, so if you need anyone to collaborate with or bounce things off of, I’m here for you!

          Tuliplady, that’s so awesome! Good for you, best wishes to you in following your dreams and taking that big step!

          Cheers to all of you ladies ...to all of us!  heart



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          Jane Woods wrote Apr 21, 2010
        • Hi Fabulous women!
          I hope you don't mind me adding a little postscript but when I wrote my comment I had just got my book out [Link Removed]
          To update you-it’s selling well (finally) and you can get it as an instant download too (Paypal will convert to dollars). It has real life stories in it and I think all but one are from women over 40 who have made bold career decisions. Included is my sister in law’s story who went back to work just weeks after my brother died suddenly and she hadn’t worked for 15 years! Amazing.
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          Jane
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