You are probably in your 40 somethings, and feeling a mid-life (career-related) crisis pulling into the station. Do you dread going to work every morning with youngsters? Or feel like you’re staring at the clock all day just watching the minutes tick by?
Understandably, you are somewhere between mildly concerned and full-on distressed about how your age, appearance, or level of seniority may factor in current career trends. But before you consider a career pivot, here are three incredibly realistic (I’ll even argue, simple) things you can do right now instead thinking of a brand new career.
1. You’re already incredible
Yes, take steps to present yourself as modern, current, and energetic employee, but don’t assume that a drastic change is all you need, because it will simply serve as a hindrance to your progress. Instead? Take a few deep breaths and drill it into your core that even at mid-life, you are already straight-up incredible. And it’s a matter of attitude and strategy that will take you the distance in your career.
It’s sad, but there’s no denying it, especially in Nigeria—youth and vitality is celebrated in the workplace. Hiring managers and recruiters are usually looking for vibrant and energetic applicants in their 20s—whose skills appear to be current.
This being the case, you have a couple of options: One, get mad at the game and want out. Or two, understand the game and strategize around it. We vote strategize around it all day long.
3. Don’t do anything major yet
Don’t be so fearful of wasting valuable years at a job, and just quit without a new position lined up.
If you’re feeling the mid-life (or any-life) need to make some grandiose career move (or any kind of move), we’re going to recommend that you force yourself to give that decision a few days (or weeks), rather than marching into your boss’s office and dropping that resignation letter.
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