A good portion of our life is spent working, so it's important to make sure that what you do is meaningful and satisfying for you. From time to time, most of us wonder whether what we're doing is what we want to be doing and ponder the possibilities of another career path.
Many of us reach a mid-life point where we think about a career change more seriously. Well, all people who make a career change in mid life have one thing in common - they were people who were willing to take a risk. Acknowledging this risk and then taking conscious steps to deal with it are one of the keys to a successful mid life career change.

Steps you can take to help you with a mid life career change include:

• Make a conscious decision not to worry about where your next paycheck is coming from.
• Be willing to cut costs wherever you can
• Use unemployment benefits or savings to supplement your income
• Be willing to try something new.

If you're thinking about giving up your current job to start a new career or business, look for ways you can make extra money to supplement your income during a transition period.

Examples are you could work a second job, do freelance or part-time work, and cut your expenses. Look for savings from your normal, daily routines. Simple savings such as a morning cup of coffee you buy on autopilot or going out to dinner can add up fast. We suggest that you work out a budget that seems feasible and then see if you can manage to stick to it for a few weeks.

For sure it is not easy to walk away from job security and a stable paycheck. This is why often it requires a push, such as a layoff, to help you move in the right direction. This change although often painful, can give you the impetus to try a new career and ultimately create a new life for yourself.

On the other hand, many people, especially those with family responsibilities are not in a position to simply up and leave their job to start over. In this situation, look for ways to do work that interests you and build your skills and resume, whilst maintaining your current position. For example:

• Use vacation time to explore other industries and career options
• Take vocational or college to expand your knowledge and skills
• Volunteer for roles in areas that interest you
• Get a part-time job in a field that interests you
• Pick up a freelance job – there are many opportunities on the internet

In many cases experience gained from a part-time job or a volunteer role can help you spot a new, full-time career opportunity and transition to it successfully.

Author's Bio: 

Chris is a experienced Executive who has successfully negotiated his own mid life career change.