Career change statistics suggest that the average woman makes a career change approximately five to seven times during their career.
By the age of 42 you will probably already have had about ten jobs. Career change can result from layoffs, buyouts, and from a general dissatisfaction for an unsatisfying or dead end job.
Before making a drastic change, assess your financial requirements and determine what career path will work best for you. If you are in a position to make a change, there is no time better than now.
I have had many friends who left the corporate world in order to pursue direct sales. Many of them have been very successful because they chose companies they were passionate about and truly believed in. Although statistically, direct sales is more ideal for a supplemental income, not your main source. The median direct sales income is approximately $2500 annually with the average seller spending about 10 hours a week focused on there business.
The Direct Selling Association’s website lists about 200 members and is a great place to learn about Direct Sales Companies.
This may be a great time to go back and complete any schooling that could help you pursue your ideal career. Many Grants and scholarships are available, so do your research. A few to pursue are :
Jeanette Rankin Foundation Scholarship a grant available to woman over 50.
AARP Foundation Woman’s Scholarship Program
This grant is available to women who are 50 or older and at risk of becoming impoverished. Scholarships range from $500 to $5000.
American Association of University Women Grants
This foundation offers grants for women of slightly higher education levels that are seeking to either change their career or advance further along their selected path. This grant is designed for woman seeking to get to a higher degreee or a new degree. With awards from $2000 to $12,000.
These grants were established to help woman over 50 pursue or improve their chosen career path. You don't have to be limited by your age.
This also may be the time to seek the help of a professional. Career assessment profiles can help steer you in the correct direction for the ideal job for you.
And although it is unfair, appearance matters much more for woman than for men If you want prospective employers, and contacts to take you seriously, you'll want to project a polished and professional image. Revamp your wardrobe and dress the part of your chosen career.