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Career Changes After 40
Feb 04 2011 08:00 PM | Sabrina O’Malone  in Coupons & Discounts -----
I could feel it in my bones - I was getting too old to do the job I’d loved for over a decade. Back pain was my constant companion. (I was on a first-name basis with my chiropractor.) And it was becoming harder and harder for me to carry around supplies and do the associated travel. Even trying to stay alert during late sales meetings was becoming a challenge. It was time to move on.

At the peak of the Great Recession, at the age of 42, one of my friends (a newly divorced stay-at-home mom) needed a job. She had a college degree, but very little work experience. She sent out resumes daily for months with no success. She finally took a retail sales job with low pay, no benefits, requiring hours on her feet, working nights and weekends. Not too family-friendly, but it was work.

One of my relatives left a high-pressure career in the financial sector to become an elementary school teacher. She earned her Masters in Education with honors, and even had connections within the school districts, but teachers were being laid off due to budget cuts - schools were not hiring when she started applying for a job. Hundreds of resumes and phone calls later, she’s very grateful just to be an on-call substitute teacher. No benefits, no guaranteed schedule, but it’s within her field, and it’s a paycheck.

May I suggest that before you quit your day job or start sending out resumes, consider taking a career test? Taking an assessment of your strengths, weaknesses and potential job market makes sense before a life change. Here’s a free online career test I took myself: http://www.careerfit.../Careerbuilder/

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Sabrina O’Malone works full-time while raising and homeschooling her 6 children ages 13 and under. (That’s no typo - six kids + a full-time job + homeschooling!) Thanks to the Great Recession, she is rediscovering the lost art of frugality - and writing about the secrets to maintaining a great lifestyle while saving money. To keep up to date on Sabrina’s comings and goings and other hot-button topics, check out the following:

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Jewell 

06 February 2011 - 10:30 AM
This was great!
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Sabrina O’Malone 

09 February 2011 - 12:31 PM
Glad you like it Jewell!

I hope you enjoyed taking the survey and seeing the results. I was also impressed with the hot jobs report. This is the kind of information I wish I had when I was choosing a major in college. At the time, I hadn't even heard of many of the majors on the list, and I certainly had no idea whether I was suited for them nor what they entailed. Even worse, I didn't have the faintest notion how to go about getting any of the jobs or careers that even appealed to me. The career test and jobs report together would've shortened my own learning curve quite a bit! Hope this helps!
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alwaysmom 

09 February 2011 - 08:44 PM
While I totally understand being unable to keep up with a physically taxing job (I have one), the website was not helpful to me. The results of the questionaire told me what I already know about myself. Was nice to see that I know who I am, of course. But still - what about the moneymindedmoms who are over 50? or 60? And still need to work to support a family . . .
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Sabrina O’Malone 

10 February 2011 - 01:30 PM
@Alwaysmom,

I'm sorry you didn't find the career test or the Top Jobs List 2010 to be particularly helpful in your specific situation.

We would probably have to address the topic of career options for Moms who are over 50 or 60 in it's own article. You raise a good point because there are plenty of Moms who are still working well into their sixties and beyond nowadays. (My own mom was one of them.)

Thanks for taking the time to give us your honest feedback.

-Sabrina
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