It's important to update your skills if changing jobs
Seven areas to consider before making a change:
1. Know your skills
Don't feel constrained by your CV. Unpick it and see all the underlying skills - and not just those gained from work. What about the ones gained from home, hobbies and other interests? A skills-based CV makes it easier to include our wider experience.
2. Understand what is important
Not everyone is seeking the highest possible salary, and if your children have left home and with mortgage paid off, salary might not be the key reason for taking a job. Think about what is important and what you truly value, so your career fits in with your values.
3. Put yourself first
Once our children have grown up and left home, we have more time and energy to make decisions on the basis of what we want, not what others want. A positive spin-off is that when our children and friends see us take bold decisions, it might encourage them to do so too.
4. Being mature is a plus
So much in the media worships the cult of youth, but as we get older we have much more experience, can often stay calm when dealing with problems and can draw on our knowledge. This means that we are less likely to be affected by setbacks. We know we have come through these before and will be able to do so again.
Read on for more advice on changing your career after you turn 50...