5 Career Changes to Make Later in Life

By on January 25, 2016
5 career changs to make later in life

By Patrick Vernon –

A change of career later-on in life is something that far too few people consider. Deciding to mix things up a bit does not mean you’re going through a mid-life crisis, that you regret your past career choices or that you are likely to be terrible at your new profession. As this article explains, a change like this can make a positive difference to your motivation, quality of life, and general outlook because even if you have had your dream job – and let’s face it most of us don’t – it can become stagnant, repetitive and boring over time. So what are the top five careers to move into, later in life?


An obvious and popular choice for those who have developed a lot of life experience and want to share, jobs in education are a hugely rewarding way to impart your wisdom on the next generation. Plus, as we are currently going through a teaching recruitment crisis there’s plenty of support to help you through your teacher training.


Depending on your present career and level of experience, you could make a fantastic wage and work less hours by choosing to go it alone and start consulting. Okay, so it’s not a massive career change, but it is a great way to work on your own terms, vary your role by working with different clients and use your skills in a rewarding, high impact way.

Elderly Care

There comes a time in life where many people decide they want to give back and if you feel helping the elderly would give you this sense of satisfaction, then you can get started as a career with limited training, work as many hours as you wish and have the pleasure of working with people who are even older and wiser than yourself.

Youth Work

Youth work has got to be one of the most rewarding careers out there, however depending on who you want to start helping it is not always for the faint hearted. If you feel you have the ability to inspire and motivate those from disadvantaged backgrounds you will be doing a great service to your community by accepting a job at local youth work projects, such as these.


If you are an older individual with a wealth of experience, then many charities are likely to accept your applications. This is because you are seen as a safer option than ambitious graduates who will require more training and may leave when they realize the pay is not so good, plus charities want to impress the donators with a work force of experienced, senior members committed to the cause.

However if you choose to transfer your skills to the highly rewarding charity sector, you will be expected to take a pay-cut as jobs in this sector are generally lower paid but considering the ‘experience needed’ jobs on this site is a great place to start.


Patrick Vernon is a freelance writer, with experience writing for a range of magazines and websites, researching various topics in order to offer useful info and content to the public.

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5 Career Changes to Make Later in Life