Starting a new career in mid-life can be very scary. It can also be very exciting. It can be the “do-over” we need to finally accomplish the things we wanted to do “when we grew up.”
Very often, this decision is thrust upon us by a corporate realignment, or “restructuring.” Their restructuring on paper brings on the need for us to restructure our whole lives. Or maybe changes to our family or health status brought on the need for us to reboot our own lives, and go through a similar restructuring process.
In the course of my life, I have met many people like me, who in this second career, want to do something more related to the arts – regardless of what industry they were in previously. Maybe they want to start by taking a painting class, or maybe they want to write a book. Maybe they want to become teachers, trainers, consultants, ministers or trainers. Or maybe they want to so something else which utilizes their creativity. Depending on where everyone is coming from and where they are going, the paths they are taking may look vastly different, but the one thing it seems we all have in common is that we’re trying to find out how to make a living while actually LIVING in a more personally fulfulling manner.
In order to share some of the experiences and information I’m finding in my own career transition, I’ve created the hashtag #GenXrestrux, which I’m hoping will become a resource for those of us in Generation X (born 1961-1985, and now entering mid-life) who may be restructuring our lives.