This could be 'I'm venting' thread or just a 'I'm nervous' thread looking for some folks who have gone thru a major career change after age 40...
I've been working for the same company for 19 years - factory work, concrete floors & steal toed shoes, shift work & working every other weekend. I've been a Machine Operator for 18 years and have been at the top of my game for many many years. And then...you get older and the weekend work & shift work has really been nagging at my life outside of work. They call it 'Quality of Work Life'. I've been thinking about a career change but scared to death about actually doing it.
I recently applied for a job internally with the same company. Entry level Accounting, desk job, No weekends, day shift.... I've had an interview last week (went well) and I have a 2nd (phone) interview on Monday. BIG pay cut but worth the 'time' I will gain and a regular lifestyle. It's a BILLER job writing invoices for the work that I've produced on the machinery - so they literally drool over people who are familiar with the manufacturing process and why I think I have half a chance.
Has anyone else gone thru a MAJOR career change after the age of 40?
I've got so many thoughts running thru my mind if I'm offered the job. Excited yet nervous & somewhat scared (to put it honestly). Starting all over at this age and a completely and totally different career?
What have you gone thru and how did it work out for you?