advice for adults can be surprisingly hard to source. However, people may now
have several careers during their lifetime. It is never too late and some in
the UK consider a career change at 50 years! After all, they still have at
least 17 more years of working life ahead. Given this trend, career advice
services for adults are becoming increasingly important.
would someone consider a career change at 50 years? This is actually a good
time to take stock. Often people have paid off their mortgage and have savings,
and their children have flown the nest, so they do not need to earn as much or
they can afford to retrain. They may decide to turn a hobby into a career. They
may wish to finally take that plunge and start their own business. They may
have sold a successful business and be looking for the next challenge. A change
in values can often fuel a desire for a career change at 50 years, easier in
the UK than in other countries. Often people feel that they want to make more
of a difference and to give something back in more meaningful work. Others may
seek greater work-life balance. They may decide to work part time or to move to
the coast. Sometimes, poor health can mean that the current career is no longer
an option, or perhaps the loss of someone close will make people realise that
life is short and one has to make the most of it.
Consultants’ programmes offering career advice for adults are comprehensive.
They involve ‘diagnostic’ assessment of interest, values, aptitude and personality,
and an in-depth consultation with a highly experienced business psychologist.
Consideration will be given to your life circumstances and desires, to ensure
that your potential is maximised and you will be as happy and successful in
your work as possible. At 50 years, one has a wealth of experience and so much
to offer; this programme will match your motivations, abilities and personal
qualities to careers, so you can confidently move forward with clear and
realistic direction. You may be open to retraining and a radical career change,
but we might equally identify that a simple change of organisation or role
could give you that new lease of life and a greater sense of fulfilment.
As a Chartered Psychologist with nearly 25 years experience in career counselling and literally thousands of satisfied clients, I know that the very best results come from a two way dialogue. I work with the client to find solutions and clarify thinking, considering career and lifestyle needs and matches.