The competitive job market has lead many individuals, fathers in particular, to realize how important it is to be seen as a valued asset to their employer. Being an employee that is high in demand not only helps avoid unexpected layoffs and termination, but it also can lead to bigger and better things that could provide new opportunities for the entire family. Fathers can all agree that they perhaps feel more pressure than their colleagues to succeed because of everything they have at stake and the fact that their actions affect their loved ones, but the additional pressure does not have to be viewed as a bad thing and could actually help provide the necessary motivation and encouragement to achieve greatness.
Mid-life career changes are likely to make you happier if you change careers for the right reasons. Depending on how fulfilling your new career is will influence your happiness, but it may not necessarily mean that you will make more money. Nevertheless, sometimes making more money and happiness go hand in hand in a mid-life career change, but new careers do not always require more money to make you happy. Here are some tips that may help you decide when it is time to take that leap into a new mid-life career that may give you a satisfactory income and make you happier.
On my way to work one day, I happened to overhear a conversation between two middle-aged business men. The conversation went something like this:
In the perfect world, you could make a ton of money doing what you love – enough money to do everything you might want to do in your life. Unfortunately, the real world is rarely like that. Many of us have experienced the feeling of not being able to follow every dream in our lives. We want to be the kind of person who can afford a penthouse suite in New York City or who can buy tickets to travel the world, but we also want to take that art class, join a band with some buddies, or spend a summer teaching backpacking skills to kids. Oftentimes, it seems like the most interesting jobs pay the least money.