However, if you have a career in a field that has many different aspects to it you may very well be able to chance careers without too much problem. For example if you were in human resources you deal with payroll, reviews, employee relations and public speaking just to name a few. Your experience in public speaking could lead you to a training position or payroll experience could lead you into accounting. I have spoken about it before but transferrable skills are important and those are the skills you can use in almost any career. Customer service is one and sales is another as you use the same set of skills just the product changes.
The tough part is do you need a degree for your new career? If so, then you will have to start going back to classes at night which may be tough. If you want to do it bad enough you will find a way. It may take you awhile but over 40 should not hold you back as the workforce for that age group are alive and well.
When you change careers you always take the chance of losing some of your benefits especially “paid time off.” You may have to chip in more money towards your health benefits. Get the lowdown on what the company offers and go from there. If you are interviewing for a position whether it be a new career or a new job, see what the company has to offer and if there is possibility for advancement. In other words weigh your options. You may be losing some money in benefits but you may be gaining a job where you will go farther and eventually earn a higher salary.
A career change after 40 is certainly possible … I have done it and many of my friends have you just have to plan carefully! Good luck and I hoped this blog helped!