MidLife Career Change Calling
It seems every generation wants a midlife career change earlier than the generation before them. A recent study shows that 73 percent of the 30-somethings want a new career, up from 64 percent in 2013. Another study shows that 80 percent of 20-somethings already want a new career.
What should these job hoppers know? We talk with recent midlife career changer, Brian Thompson, about his switch from being a successful tax attorney to becoming a Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®) for LGBTQ couples.
Brian Thompson, JD, CFP®
Brian graduated from college with a degree in philosophy and fell into law on the advice of his advisor. For a couple of reasons that we discuss, one very personal, Brian gained an interest in personal finance. Because of his general interest in the topic and what life put in front of him, Brian felt the universal pull towards a midlife career change.
Brian started blogging about personal financial about three years ago and, for a few reasons that we share on the show, quickly focused on the queer community. Brian married his husband, Ben, in August 2014 in Illinois. He is, also, a member of our Queer Money Facebook group and we’ve shared his writings in the Queer Money Facebook group and on the Debt Free Guys Facebook page.
What You Should Know before Making a MidLife Career Change
A key point we discuss about Brian’s midlife career change is how he went from thinking about making a midlife career change to actually making a midlife career change. Brian shares how he slowly and methodically researched his midlife career change and slowly chipped away at the steps to do so. When a career decision presented itself, Brian decided then was the time to take the bold leap rather than follow the secure path.
As an analytical person, Brian uses Excel to manage every aspect of his life. Consequently, analyzing his and Ben’s financial situation, their employment situation and other facets were a big part of Brian’s decision making. Brian shares how he used this analysis to determine when and how he would take the leap.