While career change may feel like a necessity rather than a choice, we typically have more freedom to find fulfillment in our career than we realize. We tend to identify ourselves though our career and perceived success and reflection it has on us. Traditionally men and more recently woman measure their worth in terms of being the family bread winner. Perceived failure at these tasks seems to take the air out of the sails of our self-esteem and confidence. And then you start over. You go to school or training and start at the bottom of the heap when just a short time ago you were running a department.
While it may be imperceptible to us, we are changing constantly. The thing that drew us to a career in our twenties may have passed years ago. We are interested and drawn to new things. We also likely see the world differently and have new things that are important to us. It is natural to be start a new career at the age you are are right now. What are you drawn to? There are new possibilties all around you. Believing in your survivability and capability gives you the ability to risk exploring a new career and livelihood.
Retirement is perhaps the ultimate career change. Retirement is different for everyone and it is essential that you find your version of it. Many current cultures have lost the appreciation of the value that older people can provide. As a result, many elderly people may feel a lack of purpose and worth. There may be financial stress or health challenges. But being on the planet for a while allows a unique perspective and wisdom that is vital for our culture to thrive. It is the perfect to time reevaluate your life. With all the experiences that you have had, what is the next logical thing thing for you to offer your people?