Have you ever thought about a new career? How would you achieve it? My colleague Victoria Axelrod and I developed SuccessArcs™, a visually online based course designed to assist professional women achieve a career transition or readiness to make a change based on sharing experiences and goals within a group context.
Our learning objectives were well thought out and designed for a sophisticated audience. The six week online face to face group included self-assessments and sharing of challenges and dreams. I was particularly impressed by how well the group bonded over shared experiences. What struck me was the process of thinking about and planning for a mid-career change. Some members were more ready than others. Some just needed to explore options but decided not to transition. In other words, if you are considering a mid-career transition take time to do some deep self-assessment and homework.
The SuccessArcs group benefitted from being helpful to each other. This is the power of a group, a community. Mid-career transition can feel uncomfortable but sharing the experience with others makes a great difference. If you don’t have a group like SuccessArcs, consider a well-trained career coach who works with mid- and late-career clients.
It is good to know that research suggests that scientists, contrary to what many think, can do their best work in their fifties and sixties. We, at an Expressive Age (50 to 75), can choose to work well into our seventies and perhaps our best work is yet to be.