It can happen to anyone. You are happily working through your career, content at your current job. Then you have an epiphany. You suddenly realize you either want to change careers or have to change careers. The catalyst may be a divorce, a child leaving home, the death of a family member, or an unexpected lay-off, but whatever the reason, you are now in the midst of what feels like a mid-career crisis.
While this can be a scary, uncomfortable and overwhelming place to be, the good news is you’re not alone. Millions of people at all stages of life are feeling the same way, and have made it through to the other side on top. If you’re experiencing a mid-career crisis, I recommend that you:
- Talk to your family and friends. At this time in you life it’s important to have a support system around you. Talk to your family, friends, and maybe even your employer about what you are feeling and why. Ask for advice, and listen to their feedback. Look for options in unexpected places, and see if there are others in your close circles that have been through similar situations.
- Engage in career coaching. A career coach is a neutral third party who can provide an impartial voice for you during this transition period. When you’re thinking of a complete career change, a coach can help check that you are not responding impulsively and can help give you the strength needed to make difficult choices.
A good career coach will help you discover your passions, interests and innate talents and work with you to map out a new career path based on your skill set and personality. They will conduct psychometric testing to make sure you’re well suited for the career options that you’re considering, and then equip you with the tools you need to make the plunge! Mid-career crises are becoming more and more common. If you’re not happy, it’s time to change. Enlisting the support of family, friends, and a career coach, will help you not only survive, but thrive through this period of your life.