Reinventing oneself is something that some 40-plus people are doing after years spent on a particular career path. In some cases, these people have grown tired of doing the same thing they had been doing since their 20s, while others may have been laid off and are being forced to find a career for which there are jobs available. Either way, finding a new career at 40 can be easier than you think if you have the right resources and a little bit of help. The first step that a person should take in finding a new career is to examine what sorts of things they are interested in. Perhaps they have always been interested in crimes and solving them, or maybe they're always had a knack for helping people. Better yet, maybe they enjoy cooking or writing, or doing something artistic like painting or building furniture. Whatever the case, pinpointing likes and dislikes is vital in finding a career that will suit you and keep you content well into retirement.
Once you have pinpointed what it is that you enjoy, think about ways to turn your hobbies or your likes into a career. For example, if you have always been interested in helping others, then maybe you could become a nurse or a hospice care worker. If you have always enjoyed painting, perhaps with a few classes you could turn your hobby into a paying career. One of the first things you will want to do is look at the help wanted ads in your local newspaper. That will give you a good idea of what sorts of needs employers have. Sometimes you will find a need for book-keepers or administrative assistants. Other times you will find a need for police officer or nurses. Perhaps you have a degree that would qualify you for some of these jobs already. Or maybe you only need to take a couple of classes that would get you qualified for a new career. If you are still not sure what sort of career you would like to have, go to a local college and speak to a counsellor. They may be able to give you some career advice and tell you what sorts of classes you would need to take to obtain certain jobs.
Career counselling is another option you might want to consider. Your local employment office has counsellors who can help you find a new career. In addition, they can help place you in jobs that you are qualified for based on your experience and your education. They can also give you a good idea of what sorts of jobs are in demand in your area, as well as pay grades and qualifications. Finding a recession-proof job can be an asset to any employee, especially those who are embarking on a new career at age 40. Presumably this career will last the person at least 20 to 25 years, until he or she retires; that is why finding a job that you really enjoy doing is so important. You would be surprised at how many jobs you are actually qualified for with your current education. And you may be even more surprised at how many jobs require a two-year college program in order to certify a person.