Where is your life leading you?

Imagine yourself one year from now.

What are you doing and how do you feel?

You could have a sense of where you are going with your life and be doing what you love. You could be living your values and loving it.

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Breathe new life into your career

Many working women will be faced with working beyond the traditional retirement age. For some this may be a financial necessity, for others it will be something they desire to do. Many women will have dedicated themselves to their work and have acquired skills and experience. Whether they have reached the top of their profession or not, they will have invested heart and soul into it. Sometimes it may be difficult to disentangle personal self from professional self. They will have acquiesced to the values of the organisation they work for - sometimes there may be common values but sometimes personal values have had to take a back seat. Much of their identity may be subsumed to that of the organisation or profession they work in. They may have given up their dreams, their creativity, their passion, their ideas. There is a certain amount of security in staying with what is known - the boss/manager/company. But they may have reached a point where they think, "I want something new, I want to do something I believe in, I want a job where I can express myself, where I can be creative." This is an opportunity to change their working life.

If you identify with this, creating a new career is the opportunity to reinvent yourself. Consider the skills you have acquired in the course of your working life. Some of these are transferable to other occupations. Evaluate the talents you have; have you been able to express these in your current occupation? How could you express them in your new career? What dreams did you have in your younger years? Don't rule out acquiring new skills to equip you for a different line of work.

Take stock

Before changing direction, take stock of where you are. Consider what you like about your current work and what you would like to do more of. Contrast this with what you don't like and would like to do less of.

Find meaning

What really matters to you? What will get you out of bed in the morning? How will you make a difference? How will you live your values? If you don't know what your values are, reflect on what is important to you. Have you thought what kind of legacy you would like to leave? When we are young the future stretches out endlessly before us - as we approach the later years of our working life, it dawns on us that time is finite. Let this be something that enables you to focus.

Take things forward

Commit to making changes. If you don't know what you would like to do, find out what may appeal to you. Research ideas, talk to friends and colleagues, read books or articles, consider taster courses/free courses. Importantly, do a reality check. How will your finances be affected? Is there any financial outlay to start with? What other assets do you need - equipment/technology/office space? How will this affect others in your life - your partner/family?

In today's world working life is extended. You may feel you are too young to retire but feel jaded in your current working life or wondering how much longer you can continue like this.

Remember it's never too late to make changes to your life. If you are wanting to continue your working life in a way that gives you pleasure and purpose, consider what changes you need to make. It may be helpful to discuss your issues with someone who is objective. Finding a coach would help you to focus on what you want to do.