The Decision to Change my Career at 40

The road to accepting that change was necessary

I’m not desperately unhappy in my job.  The people are great and the money is well above average.  I could carry on, and with the right level of commitment I would have a very successful career to look back on after retirement.

Something, however, was missing- is missing.   My life feels monotone, not full of colour like the flowers in the photograph above.   I’d not really noticed it before; for many years I described myself as happy and would not have contemplated a change,  but then personal circumstances conspired together to bring me a new sense of clarity.  The void that I had been avoiding for so many years came sharply into focus.

What to do with this new found clarity? I buried my head in the sand and pretended the feelings weren’t there for six, maybe even 12 months until I decided that the creative forces I had suppressed since childhood needed to be confronted.

In my next post I will write about the process I went through to start making some serious decisions and provide some tips on how you can do the same.    What motivates people to make a career change varies massively.  Some people are at the end of their tether, seemingly trapped in a meaningless existence, others are more like me, simply sensing that something is not quite right.  Whatever the circumstances, the tips and ideas I set out in my next post should help you massively.

Until next time,



6 thoughts on “The Decision to Change my Career at 40

  1. I did this at the age of 42. I also had some life events that changed my perspective . I had lost the joy and the interest in my profession. I had become cynical and GRUMPY! I am very happy with the reinvention of myself, and I have encouraged others that they can do the same. What a great idea to share your experience with others through this blog. I will be curious to see the parallels in our journeys!

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  2. Go for it! A few months ago I decided to take VR and at this point, I haven’t looked back. I loved my old company; it provided me with many opportunities over the years and was like my extended family. However times were changing, so I made a bold decision to try something new….this was my opportunity. I’m now at a career cross roads and I’m not quite sure what the future will look like, but for the first time in a while I am starting to feel more like the old me. So here’s to our new adventures! Can’t wait to see where yours takes you next! Good luck x

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    1. Thank you very much for these words. It’s so helpful to hear from somebody who is going through the same thing. I look forward to reading more about how things progress for you and hope you get some value out of my story.

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