The truth is the world’s population is getting older and people are working longer.  Because of that, people over 40 are finding that they sometimes need to change careers.  It may seem like a daunting task but it can be done and many people over the age of 40 are discovering that the opportunity to change careers can be very exciting and stimulating.

If you are one of the people over 40 that is facing career change there are several things you can do to increase your chances of finding employment in your new career.  Career change over 40 does not have to be terrifying but it can be fun and exciting and very rewarding.

Here are some of the things you can do if you facing a career change when you are over 40:

1. Take a course.

One of the best ways to prepare for a new career when you are over 40 is to get the proper training.  Getting training for new career does not have to been being in school for 4 years or more.  In fact, there are many options for education and training that will get you back into the workforce in a year or less!  And these days there are options to suit everyone’s schedules.  You can take classes during the day or in the evening or you can even do all of your studies online so that you can continue to work while you are preparing to enter a new career.

2. Update your résumé and cover letter.

Of course, you should update your résumé and cover letter so that you have the most current and relevant information but you should also make sure that you understand what is expected in today’s job markets.  The resumes of today are not likely the same as the resumes that you used 20 years ago! 

Do some research online or consult a career counsellor to get information on putting together a résumé that will not give away your age.  If you go to school to get training, you will likely have access to job search classes that can be helpful to you.

3. Start building your network now.

Networking was not such a big deal 20 years ago.  You just picked up the wanted ads or the classifieds in the paper and browsed through until you found something you thought you could do and then applied for the job.  The fact is that most jobs are found through people’s networks.  Networks are groups of people you know and they can include family and friends but they also include other professionals. Build your network by going to job fair, attending events  sponsored by the industry you would like to work in, and by conducting informational  interviews with people that are employed in jobs similar to yours.

4. Understand your skills.

While you may need specific training to gain employment in a career, you may already have many of the skills that are needed.  Transferable skills, like communication skills, document use, reading, and others are essential for many types of careers.  Know which ones you already have that can apply to the career that you are interested in and know which ones you need to develop.