Top 5 Career Options For People In Their 40s Or Over

but we don’t know what else is out there for us to consider. This article provides information on some of the best options for career change for those in their forties and over.


A freelancer is a great choice for people in their late careers.  To be a true freelancer requires a certain level of financial confidence as work and money earned through this approach can often be inconsistent and uncertain. Freelancing tends to work better for some careers then others however, that said, people will pay for skills and experience. Being a freelancer provides a certain level  of  flexibility and freedom. There are a number of online platforms such as  Upwork, Freelancer, People Per Hour and Guru who advertise for people to carry out short term assignments most of which can be conducted remotely.



You probably have a wealth of experience in your current field of expertise which many companies will pay handsomely to acquire. Areas such as IT, professional services, sales or construction tend to be some of the more common areas where there is a high demand for  experts. You might however we working in a niche market where expertise is scarce.  There are a couple of ways you can get started. You can either go it alone using your existing network of contacts to gain work or sign up with recruitment agencies. There are also a few companies that specialise in finding placements for contractors such as the Consultant  Hub. Consultants are often brought into companies to solve a specific problem so analytical and problem solving skills will be areas you will need to emphasis on any application you make for work as a consultant

Board member

You may have reached a point in your career where you feel it is important to give back. One of the ways in which you can choose to do this is by becoming a non-executive board member. There are different types of boards you can join ranging from FTSE companies to not for profit organisations.

You will be better able to determine the right type of board to suit your needs based on your skill set and reason for wanting to become a board member. Most board positions are paid positions with pay varying from £2000 to over £30,000 per year depending on skill set required and the sector in return for a commitment of anything from one to five days commitment per month At the other end of the spectrum are board positions within certain not for profit of charity sectors where the role of a board member is considered voluntary and therefore does not attract any remuneration other than reimbursement of expenses.

The more closely aligned your previous experience to date is to the sector you are interested in working, the greater your chances of becoming a board member, although that is not always the case  so don’t let that put you off  throwing your hat in the ring if this type of work is of interest. There are few specialist websites you can register with  to get you started. NED on Board  or Non Executive Directors are both excellent places to start. Registration is not free but it is one of the fastest ways to get a foothold into the world of the non executive director.


Portfolio Career

An increasing number of people in their late career are seeking portfolio careers. This is where you decide to adopt a number of different career options to build your career. You could become a consultant, freelancer and a board member all in one. It enables  you to dabble and indulge in a number of activities that might appeal to different sides  of your  personality and skills while not making a full time commitment to any.


Online trainer

We all have unique skills, knowledge and information we can share with others. An Increasingly growing trend is the use of online platforms to  share knowledge and learn new skills. The beauty of this is that you can teach people about almost anything. If you have a passion, which might something completely unrelated to previous skill set, there will be a market for you out there. In going down this route, you have two options, you can go it alone or make use of existing training platforms such as Udemy, Skillshare or Linikedin Learning

Whatever you decide to do as part of your next career move. This shows that there are plenty of career choices for the over forties you just have to find the one that’s right for you.


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