When I reached the grand old age of 52 I had a Midlife Employment Epiphany (as I prefer to call it) others may refer to it as a Midlife Crisis. I had been in a job for years where I was taken for granted, under-paid and under-appreciated. It was sucking the joy out of my life and yet day after day, week after week, I turned up and did the 9-5 routine.
WHAT MIDLIFE CRISIS?
I've changed jobs, and entire career paths, several times in my life. When you're young and full of confidence you are willing to be brave and take a risk. You have the assurance that there are plenty of jobs out there just waiting for you to jump into and experience.
AM I TOO OLD TO CHANGE?As the years go by, the doubts creep in. You start comparing yourself to younger people and question what you have to offer - that's what I was doing and I figured a job in the hand was worth none in the bush (to paraphrase an old saying). What I didn't take into account was the fact that I have years of experience under my belt. I look pretty good for my age (the old disclaimer), work hard, don't take sick days, and I have a mature outlook that younger people can't match.
TAKING THE RISKOnce I took those things into consideration - and also decided that it was better to be unemployed than to be constantly miserable - it was a simple choice to hand in my resignation and to start looking for something new and more fulfilling. And you know what? There were jobs out there waiting for me - it was only a matter of weeks before a new job turned up, and less than a year later I ended up in an even better one! Who'd have thought? Certainly not me! But that's part of the Midlife journey - focusing on what you have to offer, and not comparing yourself to the bright young things snapping at your heels - it will be their turn later down the track.
If you'd like to read more about Job Changes you can go HERE or HERE.
See you tomorrow for K which is for Adult Kids.