Sue Clarke is a career, life and business coach.
RESHAPE YOUR DESTINY There’s a whole combination that can dent career confidence in midlife. You might have hit the ‘midlife plateau’ for instance – the longer you climb the ladder, the fewer jobs are around at that level, so we tend to stay still longer, not learning, not growing.
IDENTIFY CAREER CHANGES YOU WANT Is it that you’re not developing, can’t get organised, feel overlooked?
CHOOSE ONE AREA, THEN DEVISE A PLAN TO ADDRESS IT If you try to change everything at once, it’s overwhelming. A career coach can help. If you want to make a big change, or even switch careers, look at all the possibilities. Can you downsize to free up financial responsibilities? Can you return to higher education?
DON’T WAIT TO BE NOTICED Feeling invisible at work is common in midlife. Don’t wait to be invited to meetings, or to be asked to contribute. If you feel sidelined or overlooked for training or opportunities, put your name forward.
BECOME A MENTOR Through career networks or voluntary organisations, or in your workplace, offer to mentor up-and-coming youngsters.
MAKE ‘ENEMIES’ ALLIES! Making a positive contribution boosts confidence, and mentoring will prove to you the value of wisdom and experience.
‘Stop feeling stagnant and make yourself noticed’