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Scott Schlesner
Vice-President of Sales
Elsevier

What to Consider Before Your Mid-Career Shift
You’ve been working in your current field or area of specialization for several years, and at this point, you’re ready for a change. During your college years and the entry-level chapter of your career, this path seemed like a perfect fit. But now that you’ve been climbing this ladder for a while, your perspective has evolved. Maybe you’re not the same person you were at 22, or maybe the industry around you has changed. Maybe you just need to shake things up and start over, or maybe you’ve developed a new interest or passion that you’d like to pursue. In any case, here are a few things to consider before you make your mid-life leap. 

Don’t overestimate the challenges ahead. 

Yes, this seems like a gigantic leap of faith, and yes, starting over on a new career path may mean taking a step backward in terms of seniority and salary. But people do this all the time, and you can and will overcome the obstacles in your path. If the alternative means staying where you are indefinitely, then putting off this transition just prolongs the inevitable. The only way to get past this move is to face it head-on. Don’t be afraid. 

Start with small steps. 

Begin the process by conducting some research in order to make sure you’re heading in the right direction. If you don’t know where you’d like to go next — you only know that you’d like to leave your current path — then take some aptitude tests in order to identify what you’re good at, or what kinds of industries might make you happy. 

Look for mentors and role models. 

The best way to gaze into the future: take a close look at someone who’s already standing in the place you’d like to be. Look around and sift through your friends, family, and network connections. Find someone who seems content within your target industry. If you’d like, you can arrange a meeting with this person to ask for advice and learn more about how they entered this business. 

Don’t be swayed by hype. 

Every profession comes with a set of myths and stereotypes that don’t reflect the realities of the job. Education, healthcare, manufacturing, finance, sales, marketing and IT all come with certain glamorous illusions that we’ve picked up from our culture. But recognize that behind the scenes, things look a little different then they do on TV. Get ready to face the gritty day-to-day of your new field and recognize that some of the things you don’t like about your current job will probably follow you into your new one. 

For more on how to make seismic changes to your career or launch a job search in the healthcare industry, reach out to the career management experts at Buckman, Enochs Coss and Associates.