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How to reinvent your career at 40 or even after 50

By on June 25, 2012

Working Past Our 40s and 50sWhen we enter our mid-life crisis years, there often comes a point where what we do for a living no longer makes us happy. While we’d hope this feeling goes away in a short while, as do most emotions of a mid-life crisis. The years between 40 and 50 often provide a very realistic look as to how much we actually want to be doing what we do day in and day out. If you’ve come to realize that you may not enjoy your job as much as you use to, there are several ways to find a different path through life. Here are a few tips on how to reinvent your career at 40 or even after 50.

Consider Being Your Own Boss

Everyone has a hobby that they love to do. Fact is, that usually there are several other people who love to do what you do as well. So why not get into the business of offering people what they need to make the hobby happen. Say you love mountain biking; consider starting up a mountain bike shop. Photography? Every town can use a camera and film store or even a wedding photographer. No matter what your hobby, starting up a business usually comes with a small investment that can offer you years of happiness well into your retirement.

Go Back to School

As we age, our education and the specialties that we’re good at often dissipate and our education becomes obsolete. If you think you could excel in a new and exciting field, consider going back to school for your associate’s degree. Within 1 year, you could have an additional career that could help relight the fire that burns to enjoy what you do. There’s certainly no shame in going back to an institute of higher education either, hundreds of thousands of people in their 40’s and 50’s do so every year for the exact same reason.


If your office has several locations available, you may want to consider relocating to a different setting. Sometimes, all we need to begin reinventing our career at 40 or 50 years of age is simply a change of scenery. Whether it’s the people you work with or the commute to work, change can be valuable to almost anyone.

Towanna Freeman is the founder of Black Life Coaches Network, the leading life coaching site that connects African-Americans who are seeking valuable life changing advice and strategies with practitioners who can deliver just that. 

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