…..’no, because I wouldn’t know what else to do!!! ’ is the answer my running buddy Sam gave me when I asked her the question  – now you’ve turned 50 Sam, would you consider changing your job? Sam, like me has been doing the same job for the last 30 years. In fact we both started at the same company, but unlike her I do not intend staying put. I want change, something new!
I have become frustrated with the monotony of my daily, weekly, monthly, and yes sad to say, yearly routine. Which largely revolves around my working life and with very little of ‘me time’ in-between. My passion for my current career has waned somewhat and I am looking for a fresh challenge. One that will give me a new meaning to life. I am not ready to retire! The prospect of retirement truly scares me and conjures up images of pensioners whiling away their days in some small English seaside town or tending to their gardens winging about the constant weeds and leaves (sorry mum). Or days out driving around, visiting relatives unannounced. This style of retired life is just not for me. But then neither is spending 5 days a week on the golf course, although that is a sure way of getting me a single figure handicap! My late father (God bless you Dad), had to retire at 65 and I’m convinced it contributed to his ill health and perhaps sadly his death at 76. He loved his job, his colleagues and his purpose. His mind was active when he worked. Retirement however took its toll. He wasn’t ready for it! I (hopefully) have many years to go before I want/need  to retire and I am certain to make best use of them.

Why change your career in your Mid Life?

No its not a mid-life crisis thing. More people than ever are changing their careers in their late forties, fifties and even sixties. Research by the London School of Business and Finance has found that 43% of employees aged between 45 and 54 are seeking new challenges and opportunities. According to The Kauffman Foundation research in recent years more Americans in the 55-64 age group have started new businesses at a higher rate than those in their 20’s and 30’s. There are varied reasons why people want to change their careers at any point in their lives;
  • Redundancy
  • Over stressed
  • Divorce
  • Greater job satisfaction
  • Finances
  • To acquire more skills
  • To follow a dream
The opportunity for change is far greater now than ever before. It is estimated that half of all jobs created since the financial crisis are performed by self-employed workers many of who are in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. The older generations have far more experience, gained from their work and life generally. Which is probably why, as the statistics now state, ‘businesses set up by the over-50s are more likely to still be trading five years later than those established by younger age groups’ I am starting my new business in the direction of an Online Affiliate Marketer.  More and more goods and services will be sold on the internet and as such old and young alike will need to move with the times.  It’s a huge learning curve and whilst I am not totally IT illiterate, there will be many new skills which will need to be acquired, but ones which I know will serve me well along my journey towards a lifestyle which I will be ultimately content with.  

So what is an Affiliate Marketer?

An Affiliate Marketer in simple terms, is someone who recommends products or services on behalf of a manufacturing or distributing company to potential customers, generating a sale and earning a commission in return. I said in simple terms because there is a lot more to it but rather than me explain further you might want to hear from the organisation I connected with called Six Figure Mentors. SFM are not only an inspirational affiliate marketing organisation but a community of like minded entrepreneurs and educators all working together towards a common goal. To find out more about them and what they may be able to offer you follow this link. In the meantime I will be very interested to hear from Mid Lifers out there about their career change thoughts, fears and achievements and if you have hit a ‘brick wall’ in your working life and are looking for a change in career and lifestyle keep in touch with my posts. Mark – the MidLife Marketeer