We look at how a second career can enrich your life

It is becoming more and more common for people aged 45 or older to embark on so called second careers these days. After putting all their adult life into their previous profession, many people simply become burnt out or feel that they need a change, and instead opt for a career that they feel will make their lives more enjoyable.

Why would I consider a second career?

There are any number of reasons why you might decide to throw caution to the wind and try something else outside your established profession. Many people do it because of the challenge it represents. As you get older you start to think about the different decisions you could have made, and you begin looking at things differently.

This often leads to people deciding that they want to start fresh, but this time in a field they feel particularly passionate about.

Is this exclusive to older people?

Not necessarily. Many people spend years in a certain profession before deciding to make a switch to something completely different. You can make the chance to a second career at any point in your professional life, but most people seem to reserve it until they are older.

I thought second career meant working two jobs at once...

This is a common misinterpretation of the phrase second career. The accepted usage of it refers to making the switch from one career to another.

Should I switch for the money?

You could! It's not for us to tell you how to live your life, but it's worth noting that the majority of people who do change to a second career do so out of love for their new career. Perhaps they enjoy cooking, and want to challenge themselves by working towards becoming a chef, for example.

There are many reasons why people take on a second career, and money is certainly one of them.

At the end of the day, the most important thing is that you are happy in the role you have chosen. If your current career isn't working out the way you had planned it, then perhaps it's time to give some serious consideration to a second career. It often reinvigorates and leads to a much healthier approach to work. Just remember that it's not without risks, so make sure you discuss it in full with your family first.

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