Many people in the 30s and 40s feel stressed out and remorseful as their careers reach a dead-end. Yet, the thought of starting all over again, competing with fresh-out-of college youngsters to establish a new career is a daunting one. Knee-jerk reactions - like jumping at the first new job that comes by - only worsens the situation.
If you are among those who find yourself at the end of the road in your career, the first thing you should do is make a conscious, informed, and firm decision regarding the change. If you remain reluctant to leave your comfort zone, or develop fears of an uncertain future and the prospects of having to start all over again, you are not alone. Most people prefer to remain in their unpleasant reality rather than test an uncertain future.
If, however, you can convince yourself that a change is inevitable, then you should commit yourself to it. Creating a mindset to change is half the work. Next, make a thorough evaluation of what went wrong. Understand the situation, and build on your strengths. You can use this information to your advantage as you plan your next step.
You may find that you gain inspiration by reading books and biographies. As Alfred Lloyd Tennyson, the celebrated poet quotes in Ulysses “’Tis not too late to seek a newer world." Vincent Van Gogh best exemplifies this spirit. During his lifetime he was an art dealer, schoolmaster, student priest, and missionary. It was not until he was well into his 30s that he discovered his artistic talents.