Woman & Home (South Africa) - - Boost Your Self-esteem -

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’

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