How to Make a Career Change at 30 and 40

Making a career change is incredibly daunting. It’s even less so when you’re out of your vibrant twenties and well into middle age. 

Do you make a change by getting a degree or a certification? How long will it take you to find good-paying work in your field? These questions swarm like bees, cluttering your good sense and leaving you too nervous to act. 

We’re going to look at making a career change at 30 and 40, from psychology to job-hunting tips. 

Embrace The Delight of The Personal Journey

Your identity is in everything you do. It’s in your values. Your hobbies. Your goals.

Workers today are becoming reacquainted with this fact tenfold. Career changes are so attractive that nearly 60% of workers today will accept less pay if it meant doing work they love. If you’re in this camp, you’re already well on your way to making a satisfying career change. 

It may sound like a cheesy new-age guru line, but power really does come from within. If you face your career change feeling pessimistic or doubtful, this will affect how long you stick with your decision.

“You need to carry a positive mindset in life if you wish to build the wealth you want and deserve. You must believe that what you want can be attained, that you have the power to attain it, and that it will be delivered to you in your lifetime. Without this mindset, you’re more likely to give up when times get tough.”

Understand You Have Unique Insight To Offer

You may wonder if you need to compete with the twenty-somethings in the market. This couldn’t be further from the truth. 

Fun fact time: the average worker making a big career change is 39 years old! Workers who aren’t quite young, but not quite old have unique insight to offer. This can be less common in younger workers who don’t yet have the luxury of comparing and contrasting multiple positions on their resume.

Positive traits more common in older workers include:

  • A more profound sense of purpose 
  • Several years’ of adjacent work experience
  • Heightened maturity
  • Being more comfortable advocating for yourself

Related: Bring Your Dreams to Life by Creating a Personal Mission Statement

Don’t Reinvent The Wheel: Start Where You Are

Let’s say you’re a former home healthcare aide that really wants to work a desk job. Do you need to start over from scratch? Not at all.

You could go into data analysis and help clinics gather vital information on their clients. You could go into copywriting and help health-focused industries advertise their services. If you’re a highly visual person, you could try your hand at web design to work on websites or apps.

This is what it means to start where you are: you already have transferable experience.

This is just one of many examples on how career changes are pivots, not dramatic switches. 

Take some time to consider your work experience or education, then make a list of your:

  • Hard skills 
  • Soft skills
  • Degrees
  • Certifications
  • Life experience (yes, this matters!)

Related: Why 96% of Businesses Fail Within Ten Years

Need some help brainstorming what the next five years of your life could look like? Proctor Gallagher Consulting provides highly individualized and personal coaching to steer you on the right path. 

Become Comfortable With Asking For Help

This might actually be the most intense step on this list. Asking for help is hard for many people, yet it’s the difference between a confident change and a slog. 

Many people don’t ask for help for fear of looking incompetent or needy. Some are afraid of burdening others with their problems. Asking for help is actually a wonderful trait that displays self-awareness: it shows you understand your limitations and are in tune with what you need.

Not only will this trait give you the help you need, it’s a very practical ability that will translate well into your career. This is doubly true if you’re in a leadership position. 

A lack of awareness causes most work conflicts. Leaders don’t always realize the impact of their behaviors on the people around them. Because many organizations don’t have a systematic way to solve this problem, many hire a coach or apply some other form of training.”

Related: For Greater Success, Try Positive Action Instead of Positive Thinking

The Best Time To Start Your Career Change Is Now

There will never be a perfect time for you to make your career change. Now is the best time to get started.

This doesn’t mean quit your job! Here’s how you transition into the proper mindset required for a career change. 

Firstly, you need to:

  • Write three reasons why you’re making a career change
  • Write three obstacles between you and changing your career successfully
  • Write three job positions you’re most interested in (and three you’re not interested in!)

Once you finish this step, the next step will be much easier to complete. 

  • Make a list of resources you need for the transition (certifications, work references, etc)
  • If you have any peers who made a career change, ask for their thoughts
  • Research the career fields adjacent to yours and what is most in-demand

“We’re all taught early in life that we’re supposed to grow up and work for a company like an indentured servant for 40 years and then fade away at retirement with a company pension that barely covers the necessities of daily existence. However, people are becoming more enlightened and educated, realizing that there’s a better way.”

You’re already off to a great start with your career change. Contact Proctor Gallagher Consulting to get a second opinion and launch the next stage of your life.

Why 96% of Businesses Fail Within Ten Years

Yes, that shocking news is true, most businesses fail within their first ten years of operation, and the rates are even higher within the first five. In comparison, most business owners are more than happy to take calculated risks. And they work hard to build up their business. Having a small business is a large part of the American Dream. 

Business person in suit and tie

But when only four out of every one hundred businesses survive more than ten years, it can be dream-crushing. What’s really happening to shut down all of these businesses that aren’t making? 

If your business is less than ten years old, read on to learn some things you need to avoid if you want to make it past that iconic mark. 

Related: About PGI

Profit is only a theory. 

The bottom line is just that, the bottom line. If your business can’t pay its bills, it’s going to fail. Because most entrepreneurs are not financially literate, it can quickly go wrong. Many small business owners go into business not for their love of crushing numbers but for their goal to make the world better with their products. 

Yet they hire accountants and look at profits and expect to have the same power as to how much cash in hand they have. However, if the cash isn’t there and they can’t pay their bills, their doors close. Vendors and creditors don’t care about what looks good on paper. They need cash in their hand, and if you don’t have any, your business will struggle. 

Related: Thinking into Results 

You Are Financing Your Clients or Vendors

Massive companies tend to pay off invoices slower by utilizing their size and position in the industry. However, small and even medium-sized businesses or entrepreneurs can’t compete on the same level and sometimes end up financing clients who are ten times their size. 

This additional burden can only worsen problems because you are already starting at a negative when you attempt to attract necessary vendors. Those vendors end up paying fast. Your business then relies upon the ability to pay them quickly. 

The real problem comes when you try to be corporate friends with your vendors while waiting on slow-paying clients. This can put a massive strain on your limited financial resources as a small business. 

Personal coaching might be the answer you are looking for. Proctor Gallagher Consultants offer personal coaching to help you reach your goals.

Controlling Your Cash Can Also Help Increase Your Profits!

If you aren’t managing your cash correctly, then you are losing it. By having a tight grasp on your cash, you can actually improve profits. The higher visibility of expenses can alleviate mismanaged money. 

Even just cutting ten percent of your expenses, you can boost your profits by as much a fifty percent. Who couldn’t use an extra fifty percent of profit? Many non-critical expenses can be cut in order to grow your business. 

Do you want to cut your expenses within the next 90 days? Start signing every check. While having a financial support team is a valuable asset, going back to basics can help refine expenses. This process doesn’t have to be an all-the-time thing. Just as general upkeep to ensure you are mindful about your business spending habits. 

Taking Control of Your Business’s Financial Future

While this might seem overwhelming, there are ways to keep your business running for a long time by taking control of your long-term financial health. Many CEOs run into problems because they aren’t clear on what they are reading when their financial team brings in their reports.

Having a better understanding of what these reports say can help you better manage your business’s finances.

Poor Management Team

Having leaders that don’t know how to lead can be a huge problem within your business. While having a dream, goal, or idea about what you are doing with your business, others might not follow your standards. Having the proper support and coaching can help your team be supportive and on the same page. 

Having an awesome management team can also streamline the employee onboarding process, resulting in better customer interactions. The best way to keep money flowing into your business is through happy customers

Does your management team need coaching? Proctor Gallagher Consultants can help transform your business from the inside out

Related: Your Success

Leadership Development: Know Your Blindspots

Running an organization comes with many challenges regardless. However, the effects of the global pandemic of COVID-19 have placed profound new strains on companies. Leaders need to be more sensitive between a fragile economy and social unrest than ever regarding others’ situations.

A lack of awareness causes most work conflicts. Leaders don’t always realize the impact of their behaviors on the people around them. Because many organizations don’t have a systematic way to solve this problem, many hire a coach or apply some other form of training.

Related: About PGI

Why Self-Awareness is Difficult to Find

Human nature allows us to judge ourselves by our intent rather than our impact. Because of this tendency, those in influential roles become blind to how others view their behavior. Indeed social scientists have documented how blind spots affect workplace conversations. We tend to be hard-wired for defensive reasoning, making us forget the effect we have on others

People naturally consider their successes as something they did with their abilities. In comparison, any failures are related to external factors. This self-serving bias inhibits our ability to accept negative feedback, even if it is constructive. 

While these habits are natural, that doesn’t mean that we cannot correct them. To those in leadership positions, they should constantly strive to develop their skills. Self-awareness should be one. 

Does your leadership team need help fine-tuning their skills? Proctor Gallagher Consultants has programs to help your team develop their professional skills.

4 Strategies for Improving Self-Awareness

There are many different ways that you can work with your leadership team to develop their self-awareness skills. Evaluate your team and pick what strategies appeal to them. 

1. Participate in a team simulation exercise.

Most people think of team simulations as going up to a remote location and practicing trust exercises. However, there are a lot more options that you can participate in to help your team improve their cooperation together. 

Some exercises lead teams through life-threatening situations to help them establish open discussion, ways to collaborate, and decision-making as a unit. The end goal is all the same. You know you have a successful team building simulation if you find yourself and your team thinking how awesome it would be to work together like this back at work. 

Related: Thinking into Results

2. Hire a skilled facilitator for your team. 

Tough decisions can sometimes cause vast ripples in a workplace, but they are necessary to develop your leadership team. With the help of a skilled professional, your team can build leadership skills that can improve workplace performance

Hiring a consultant can help diagnose counterproductive habits and suggest a way to address them in real-time. Their observations could look at how frequently team members propose a new action or how often they agree with or build upon another’s ideas. 

While overall, a team should have a healthy mix of these actions during the conversation. However, if they often go off topic, the facilitator will continue to observe the team’s dynamics. Clearly, this work can be mentally and emotionally demanding, but the results it produces are powerful.

3. Get a Coach. 

Like every skill, leadership is something that should be practiced, yet sometimes we struggle to resolve our weaknesses. This is where having a coach can take your skills to the next level. Even if we know and recognize those weaknesses, we often don’t know how to remove those blocks.

Having a coach is the key to unlocking your team’s leadership potential through self-development. 

4. Attend an interpersonal skills lab.

Developed by Jim Detert and Bobby Parmar, these unique skill labs immerse individuals into challenging decision-making scenarios. The difficult scenarios are made to help participants feel uncomfortable to discover something about themselves within the process. 

The process deliberately stresses out the individual and is then coached through the process. Findings from interpersonal skills labs help promote self-awareness and skill development. 

Related: Your Success

Final Thoughts

Knowing your blind spots within your leadership team can help you better develop them. This leadership development can be easier than you think with the help of a knowledgeable support team, coaches, and exercises.  

Are you ready to invest in leadership development? For over five years, Proctor Gallagher Consultants have been helping turn around failing businesses by assisting them to grow their leadership teams. Turn your thinking into results today!

Build Confidence With Daily Affirmations

Do you suffer from low self-esteem? When something negative happens in your life, do you beat yourself up about it time and time again?

Focusing on phrases such as: “That was stupid,” “I am so fat,” “No one loves me,” and a host of other negative statements can easily zap the happiness right out of your life.

Luckily, this doesn’t have to be permanent. Positive affirmations can turn your negativity around. Affirmations are simply statements or phrases, which focus on the positive rather than the negative.

These mantras can actually reprogram your subconscious thinking and bring you a plethora of good benefits that you’ll enjoy for years to come!

Here are some easy ways to incorporate positive affirmations into your life:

  1. Affirmations should always be in the present tense. Begin your statements with “I can” “I have” or “I am,” instead of a phrase like “I will” or “I may.”
  • Examples of this would be “I have a beautiful body” and “I am so intelligent,” instead of “I will never be so stupid again.”
  • Choose statements that focus on the positive attributes you want to encourage, saying them as if you already exhibit that behavior.
  • Address yourself by name when expressing your affirmations. Believe it or not, this does make a big difference. When you say: “I, Jane Doe, am a beautiful person both inside and out,” it makes your affirmation more powerful because you hear the lovely sound of your own name!
  • Using your name in the affirmations allows your subconscious to process the words even quicker.
  • Focus on one or two affirmations to start with. Although you possess many positive attributes, it’s best to focus only on one or two when you’re first starting out. If you start with twenty positive affirmations, your subconscious may be overwhelmed or dismiss the deeper meaning.
  • For example, if you meet someone who goes on and on about how great and beautiful you are, what’s your reaction? Usually after the second or third compliment, you tend to wonder if this person is actually being sincere! The same principal applies to practicing many affirmations at once.
  • Focus on one or two, and when they’re firmly planted into your subconscious, you can move on to more.
  • Practice your affirmations as often as possible. Our subconscious mind is more open to suggestions when we first open our eyes in the morning and then again when we’re ready to fall asleep at night.
  • The more often you recite your affirmations, the faster you’ll experience lasting changes.
  • Don’t fret if you’re having trouble writing your affirmations. There are many books and self-improvement websites that include hundreds of good, daily affirmations. You can then pick out one or two that you’d like to focus on and get started.
  • Don’t let something as insignificant as not being able to compose a positive mantra hold you back from making changes and incorporating happiness into your life!

Low self-esteem is something that holds us back from living the life we deserve. You can rebuild your confidence and self-esteem with daily affirmations and experience the joy of life you’ve been missing. Try it and you’ll love it!

How to Maintain a Positive Mindset When You Don’t Feel Like It

Do you have days when you know it’s better to be upbeat and positive, but you just don’t feel like it? When you face challenges or feel overwhelmed by your responsibilities, it can be difficult to maintain a positive attitude.

Try these techniques to improve your mood and experience the inner peace you deserve:

  1. Start your day with something positive. Decide each morning that you’ll start the day headed in the right direction. Instead of waking up on the wrong side of the bed and setting the stage for a grouchy day, resolve to experience something positive first thing in the morning.
  • Develop a morning routine that you can repeat daily to ease into your day’s responsibilities. Determine what activities help improve your mood and put you on the path to positive thinking. Find two or three things you can do each morning that’ll set the stage for a successful day. As these become habit, add to the routine little by little.
  • A routine will help your body and mind settle in and focus on what you need to accomplish. Instead of rushing around or forgetting important details, your plan will guide you through a peaceful set of steps that calm your mind and create unstoppable momentum.
  • Set exciting goals. If you wake up each morning with nothing to look forward to, your mind may quickly latch onto negative feelings that can last throughout the day. Give your life focus by setting goals that motivate and excite you. Write those goals down and review them every day. Each day, take some small action that brings you closer to attaining your goal.
  • Set aside a few minutes this week to write down all the reasons why each goal is important to you. How will you feel when you reach the goal you’ve set? How will your loved ones be affected? How will your quality of life improve?

  • Spend a few minutes each day reading through this list. A big enough “why” can help you to overcome obstacles that are in your way.
  • Surround yourself with positive people. If you want to feel better about your life, hang around people that encourage you and bring out the best in you. Spend more time with people that make you feel good about yourself and less time with those that complain about everything.
  • Every cloud has a silver lining and it’s easier to find that silver lining when you hang around people that help you to see it.
  • Remember that bad days happen. When you have a bad day, don’t beat yourself up or dwell on it. Remember that tomorrow is a new day with exciting possibilities and challenges. Your next victory is right around the corner if you resolve to start with a fresh perspective.

These suggestions will only help if you put them into practice. Pick one or more of them and decide that your happiness is worth small changes that lead to a big payoff. Begin to experience the happiness you deserve by taking positive steps today that will lead to a bright future.