Many job hunters consider changing careers, particularly as they approach midlife. Actually, the vast majority of those who consider doing it decide against it, after they’ve done the research. Often people make such a change and then find themselves locked in, and, although they enjoy their new role, it doesn’t meet their expectations.
For some, however, a change can be the highlight of their career— in providing job satisfaction as well as more money.
Here are some of the most frequently chosen alternative careers:
Holding several part-time jobs
Starting a new business
Buying an existing business
Transferring to another functional area in the company
Working for a nonprofit organization or an activity, such as a trade association
Some general guidelines are given in this chapter for each of these alternatives. These general observations merely provide a starting point for more intense research on any alternative that you’re attracted to.