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Career Change at 50? It’s Not Too Late to Switch Things Up

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Aging myths might make you think changing your career years or decades in is an impossibility. However, according to studies, many individuals often change their careers and are happier after doing so. 

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According to a 2019 study released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) individuals born between 1957 and 1964 — the latter years of the baby boom — held an average of 12.3 jobs from ages 18 to 52. From ages 25 to 34, individuals held an average of 4.5 jobs. They had an average of 2.9 jobs from ages 35 to 44 and 1.9 jobs from ages 45 to 52. Along with job changes being quite normal, older individuals who traded careers to pursue new roles were also reportedly happier. 

According to a report from the American Institute of Economic Research, older workers who found new career paths reported a boost in happiness and a decrease in stress. Out of 405 respondents ages 47 and up, 82% of people were able to make a career change. Of those, 90% of individuals reported that their career change was a success and 87% reported being happy or very happy after the change. Almost 60% reported that they could finally carry out their passion in their new career and 72% reported that they felt like a new person after switching careers. 

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From retirees hoping to reenter the workforce to those looking for side jobs that can earn extra cash to those looking to follow childhood dreams, it’s never too late to change your life and switch to a career that brings you joy. Follow these tips to reignite your passion while on the job hunt.