If you’ve ever woken up one day and realized that your job is honestly pretty awful, then there’s a good chance that you’re entering a midlife career crisis. This can sound extremely daunting, especially if you’ve invested a lot of time and money into advancing your career and reaching the stage that you’re currently at. Thankfully, there are lots of ways to embrace this period of your life to help you discover new paths through life.
No skill or experience is ever wasted
One of the most daunting things to cope with when it comes to embracing a midlife career crisis is the idea that your skills and experience will be wasted. For example, if you’ve spent a lot of time mastering technical skills for an IT-related job, then you might believe that those experiences will be wasted in a creative career. However, the reality is that no skill or experience is ever wasted. In fact, it’s up to you to find ways to use your past experiences and skills in unique ways.
Sometimes, all you need is a little break to refocus your life
The reason why many of us take holiday breaks is that it can help us refocus our life. It gives us an opportunity to remove work from our mind and it helps us realize that there’s more to life than our 9 to 5. This podcast by Karan Bajaj is a great resource for people who believe that a break is what they need in order to truly unlock their potential. Staying in the same job for too long can be extremely tiring and frustrating, but if it’s been a long time since you’ve taken a long break then it can be beneficial in helping you restore your motivation and feel inspired to take a different approach to your career.
Chasing your childhood dreams and the things you really want to do
It can take a surprisingly long time for people to truly discover what they want to do in life. Sometimes it takes 10 years of working at the wrong job to figure it out. Other times, people only decide to switch their career after they’ve advanced through the ranks and landed themselves a spot at the top of the ladder. Not everyone arrives at their goals with a smile. Some people might realize that their goal was different to begin with, and others might feel an overwhelming sense of dissatisfaction due to their misaligned priorities.
This is what leads many people to drop what they’re doing and chase their childhood dream job. It’s what enables them to drop their well-paying job and instead, go with something that truly resonates with their passions and makes them smile. At the end of the day, money is only part of the equation and you can’t ignore the value in having a career that truly makes you happy. This is extremely underrated and should be a much bigger consideration for people
16 March 2021