A mid-career change

Aga Kokoszewska
3 min readApr 7, 2023

is, in a nutshell, a significant shift in a career path that may be seen after years of a person working in a particular field or industry.

We see people taking the path of mid-career changes for a variety of reasons:

  • dissatisfaction with their current career
  • a desire for new challenges
  • changes in personal or financial circumstances
  • need to adapt to changes in the job market or industry

Making a mid-career change can be challenging, as it often requires retraining or acquiring new skills and can involve starting over at a lower level of seniority or compensation. But it can also provide a sense of renewed purpose, fulfillment, and opportunities for growth and advancement.

Mid-career changes are becoming more and more common now for several reasons:

  1. Changing job market: The job market is constantly evolving, and some industries are shrinking while others are expanding. We may need to adapt to new trends and shifts in the job market by retraining or transitioning to a new career.
  2. Longer working lives: People are living longer and retiring later than previous generations. This means that many of us may have the opportunity to pursue a second career later in life.
  3. Career satisfaction: We are placing more emphasis on job satisfaction and work-life balance. As a result, some of us may be willing to take a risk and pursue a new career that is more fulfilling, even if it means starting over at a lower level.
  4. Technology advancements: Technology is transforming many industries and creating new career opportunities. We may need to retrain and acquire new skills to keep up with these changes or take advantage of new opportunities.

Mid-career changes are becoming the new norm as we seek to adapt to changes in the job market, pursue more fulfilling careers, and take advantage of new technologies and opportunities.If you are considering a mid-career change, there are several important factors to consider before making the transition:

  1. Assess your skills and interests: Start by evaluating your current skills, strengths, and interests. Consider what type of work you enjoy and what you are passionate about. This can help you identify potential career paths that align with your goals and values. There is always a set of skills that can be easily transferred to a new career path.
  2. Research potential careers: Conduct research on potential career paths that interest you. Look into the job duties, required skills and education, potential salaries, and job outlook for each career option. This can help you identify which careers are the best fit for you. Evaluate how the job market performs by looking at the sector of your interest.
  3. Evaluate your financial situation: Changing careers can involve taking a pay cut or starting at a lower level of seniority. Evaluate your financial situation and determine whether you can afford to make a career change, or if you need to save up some money first.
  4. Consider additional education or training: Depending on the new career path you choose, you may need additional education or training. Research the educational requirements for your desired career and determine if you need to go back to school or earn a certification or degree. Some may take longer to complete so bear that in mind.
  5. Network and build new connections: Building a network of contacts in your desired industry can be beneficial when making a career change. Attend networking events, join professional organizations, and reach out to people in your desired field to learn more about the industry and build new connections.
  6. Prepare for the job search: Update your resume and LinkedIn profile to highlight your skills and experience. Practice your interviewing skills and prepare to explain your decision to make a mid-career change.

By evaluating your skills and interests, researching potential careers, and building new connections, you can set yourself up for a successful transition.

If this is your next step and you are looking to boost your journey and get desired results sooner, reach out to us for a chat at gibraltarcareerboost@gmail.com. We will be happy to share that experience with you.

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Aga Kokoszewska

I am a passionate and experienced Career and Leadership Coach