How To Make A Successful Career Change At 40 - Kathy Caprino

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Careers, Finding Brave, Following Your Dreams, Inspiration for Change, Most Powerful You How To Make A Successful Career Change At 40 Written by: Kathy Caprino

As a career and leadership coach for the past 16 years and working with thousands of midlife professionals around the world—and through my own career change twenty years ago—I’ve witnessed virtually everything you can imagine regarding the do’s and don’ts of career pivot and change after 40. My specific career change journey started at age 41, from unhappy and chronically ill corporate VP, to marriage and family therapist, then launching my firm as a career coach, writer, executive trainer and podcaster. Through that process of change and supporting others, I’ve observed successful pathways that allow professionals to pivot and build a new career in midlife in the most effective way, and also some important things to avoid.

Why Do People Want To Start A New Career At Or After 40?

Below are several key reasons for people’s deep desire to make a career change as they hit age 40 and beyond.

The current sacrifice feels too great

The work, outcomes and benefits of their current career no longer outweigh what they have to sacrifice and compromise on, in order to engage in this work.

Mistreatment or not being valued

The way in which they are being treated by their employers or workplaces makes them feel that it is no longer sustainable or acceptable to stay in this industry or field.

The need for more control

Having more control and self-authority over their professional lives and time has become paramount, especially in the face of international health and other crises that have led millions of people to think differently about their lives, goals and futures (and their mortality).

Entering a new psychosocial developmental stage

At or around age 40, we typically enter a different developmental stage than that of our younger years.