It's a topic that Jean says pops up more and more often in conversations with her friends and colleagues: making a midlife career change. Jean talks to Susan Crandell, author of Thinking About Tomorrow: Reinventing Yourself at Midlife, about the trend. The founding editor of More magazine, Susan says she left behind her 30-year career in the magazine industry to become a full-time freelance writer. Here are her tips for you, if you're feeling ready to reinvent yourself:
What are you waiting for? Don't wait until it's too late—you never know what's around the bend. If you've been thinking about a change for some time, do it now.
Trust yourself. You may be leaving one career, but have faith that you're replacing it with another.
Admit that it's scary. It's normal to have fear about change—recognizing it, and even talking about it, will help smooth it over.
Don't worry about what other people think. It can be a hard hurdle to cross, so if you can't get it out of your mind, then at least resolve not to let it stop you.