Imagine waking up one day and realizing you’re in the middle of your career. You’ve been working hard for years, but suddenly, you start to feel like you’re stuck in a rut. You wonder if you’re on the right path and making the most of your skills and experience. 

It’s undoubtedly a time of uncertainty and introspection. However, mid-career is not a time for complaining. It’s a time to accelerate your growth, especially with the employment market the way it is. 

Here are some steps you can take to help you advance in your role or make a career change.

Evaluate your current situation—that’s the first step. Ask yourself if you can advance in ways that you consider career growth, if you will be able to do the work you’re doing now in the next few years, and if you can get to where you want to be from your current position. Once you have your answers, it’s time to take action.

With fewer people entering this industry than those leaving, it’s time for mid-career professionals to evaluate situations and accelerate growth.

Start by writing on a piece of paper what you really want. Be specific about your ideal job situation, location, financial goals, etc. This will guide you to focus on what you want to achieve. 

Next, update your resume and connect with people you respect in the industry. Seek their career advice, discuss your goals, and listen to their recommendations. Also, consider talking to a respected recruiter in your industry to get their perspective on your career.

When you talk to your boss to re-engineer your job or to your peers, be prepared to make a strong case for yourself. Use data, highlight your achievements, and articulate your future goals. Discuss your strengths and your long-term vision for your career. Consider negotiating a promotion or asking for a new job description. Alternatively, consider starting a job search or becoming an independent consultant.

During this evaluation process, it is also essential to consider the potential challenges that may arise. For instance, changing industries may require additional skills or education, and moving to a new location may mean leaving your support network behind. It is vital to identify these challenges early and devise a plan to overcome them.

When considering your career path, think about your personal life as well. Speak to those dearest to you—a spouse, partner, or a close friend, and see what your life should be like. Consider what kind of work-life balance you want and what sacrifices you’re willing to make.

Mid-career is a time for professionals to act, update their skills, and negotiate for their desired roles. While there are challenges, mid-career professionals have the experience and skills to overcome them and take their careers to the next level.

Socrates’ famous line, “An unexamined life is not worth living,” speaks so much about this situation. Mid-career professionals should take the time to evaluate their situation and make a plan for their future. With hard work and determination, they can achieve their career goals and lead fulfilling lives.

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About the Author

Dan Simmons has been recruiting for over three decades now. He founded Continental Search in 1996 and leads a team of driven and committed executive recruiters who share his intensity. His recruitment efforts contributed to the success of many companies as well as to reaching many professionals’ dreams. 

In between recruiting, Dan has spoken on careers in the animal sciences at the American Meat Science Association, the American Dairy Science Association, the American Society of Animal Sciences, the University of Delaware, the University of Maryland, Penn State, and Virginia Tech. 

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