4 Women Who Prove that It’s Never Too Late to Change Careers

Do you that’s it’s too late to start over with a new career? Are you afraid of striking out and trying something new because you’re so heavily invested in your current career? Those are easy traps to fall into and tough to get out of. The four women below are proof positive that changing careers midstream IS possible. Keep reading and be inspired!

Vera Wang: Wang started her career as a fashion editor at Vogue and then became an accessories design director for Ralph Lauren. It wasn’t until she was 40 that she start seriously thinking about becoming a wedding dress designer. She’s since built an empire that extends beyond just wedding dresses. That empire even includes mattresses!

(Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)

Julia Child: During World War II, Child worked for the Office of Strategic Services, the precursor to the CIA. It wasn’t until after the war and when her husband was assigned to Paris that her interest in cooking started to develop. She didn’t even learn how to cook until she was 36! Her show, The French Chef, premiered when she was 51.

Photo credit: http://parade.com/329427/julia-child-ftr/

Grandma Moses: When her arthritis made embroidering difficult, Grandma Moses switched to painting. How old was she started painting? 76 freaking years old! Proof that you’re never too old to try new things and develop your talents.

Photo credit: https://www.biography.com/people/grandma-moses-9416251

Nina Zagat: Zagat started her professional career as a corporate attorney. While working in Paris, she and her husband, Tim, had the idea of writing a different kind of restaurant review guide. Their first guide, Zagat, was published in 1979 when Nina was 39.

Photo credit: https://www.zagat.com/about-us/tim-and-nina-zagat

So how can you start making your own career transition?

  • First, you have to change your mindset and believe that you can successfully change careers.
  • Next, really tune into your passions and skill set. Get clear on which passions are things that are fun to do but that you wouldn’t want to do as a career and which passions you’d like to pursue as a career. Figure out which of your skills that you would like to use in your next career and which skills you may need to strengthen or acquire.
  • Then make a list of potential career options and research them. Read articles and books about them. Talk to people in the field. Try out the option(s) that you’re most serious about as an internship or on a volunteer basis.
  • Finally, test the waters and apply to those positions or start that business on the side until you can do it full time.

As one of my favorite mindset coaches, Denise Duffield-Thomas, likes to say, “Now is your time. You are ready for the next step!”

If you want help coming up with the next step in your own career transition, email me at [email protected] to book a one hour 1-on-1 coaching call with me! We’ll work together to hone in on the next steps towards you having a career that you love.

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