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How Can Life Coaching Help You Forge A New Career Path Later In Life?

Julia Child is a great example of how, when you find your passion, you should go with it. Child shone in advertising, media, and even intelligence, before publishing a cookbook at the age of 50 and eventually became a globally recognised celebrity chef.

Sometimes, career changes are by choice; at other times, they are spurred on forcibly – for instance, if you lose a job, are forced to take a pause, or even (in the case of athletes) have an injury. In yet other situations, employees who are getting close to retirement age may decide that they wish to keep working, reducing their hours instead of retiring altogether. If a new path appeals, how can life coaching be a vital aid during what can be a stressful or confusing time?

Beliefs That Stand In The Way Of Success

One of the ways in which life coaches can help someone in their 50s or 60s work out a new life path is by helping them identify belief systems that may have been standing in their way. It is human nature to gloss over the many good affirmations we hear, yet focus on the negative statements or criticisms that have been made about our abilities or talents.

A life coach won’t tell you what to do, but rather, help you identify the new road you wish to take and help you understand the obstacles (belief-based) that you need to eliminate.

Is Part-Time Work A Solution?

A good career coach won’t just hone in on psychological factors, but also practical ones. For instance, if you are close to retirement age but your savings are too low to enable you to stop work altogether, part-time work may be the solution. Indeed, the new millennium is considered an optimal time for later retirement, because of the burgeoning popularity of remote and flexible working opportunities.

A coach should be able to refer you to part-time recruiters who specialise in finding staff for flexible jobs. They should also be able to point out a few trends in employment – including the increasing demand for flexibility. As pointed out in Forbes, flexible working conditions have gone viral: “Flexibility is the umbrella term used to describe any role that breaks the traditional norm of a rigid 9-to-5, five-day week structure. At its core stand individuals with potentially greater freedom over when, where or how to fulfill their particular roles.”

Everyday Tips

Life coaches will often advise you to make important changes in life so as to keep your eye on the prize. Something as simple as good sleep quality may seem like the least of your worries, yet sleep deprivation can hamper your plans by wrestling from your focus and concentration. Nutrition, exercise and sleep should all be big priorities when you are at a turning point in your life, since they have a powerful effect on everything from mood to performance, and even your decision making abilities.

A study by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development showed that coaching was used by 90% of organisations surveyed. Coaches can have a big impact on a team’s success, potentially boosting sales and employee satisfaction. Life coaches can also fulfil an important role when individuals are at an impasse or when they feel ‘stuck’ in their 40s, 50s or 60s and wish to make a vital change that will significantly improve their happiness and well-being.

Author: Sally Diamond

Sally is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her.