Making your late career change

Any time you leave a full-time job it’s a big deal. All of a sudden the structure and rhythm that your life had is changed irrevocably. This change is even bigger if you’re not moving into another full-time job, but are building a new type of life. You might call this a portfolio lifestyle, a career change or life change, or retirement. Whatever you call it, making this change is often daunting and difficult and can take a lot of time to get right.

But that’s ok! This is totally normal.

You have the rest of your life to work it out and you can’t be expected to get things right first time. Most people try a number of new things before they get the balance that’s right for them.

Planning for your new life is important.

Research shows that people who plan early tend to adjust more quickly and are generally happier throughout the transition.

Without help, it can take people a very long-time. But now, there is help. We have a number of courses, workshops, events and other resources that can put you on the right path to a new life you love.  

  1. Firstly, it’s worth signing up for our email updates. This way you'll get a regular dose of inspiration and information on making your transition and you won’t miss any upcoming events or workshops. You can also follow us on Facebook or LinkedIn or join our Meetup group - whatever is your favourite way to keep in touch.

  2. To check whether you’re ready to leave full-time work, take our quiz. The quiz is based on our Five Key Ingredients for Full Time Living and will give you a quick picture of how well prepared you are for the next stage of your life.

  3. Once you have started thinking about your career change it’s worth coming along to one of our events or signing up to our Transition Programme. If you are still working full-time your company might pay or part pay for you to attend (many companies do). Contact us if you’d like  some advice on approaching your HR department.

  4. If you would like to start planning your transition yourself, check out our Resources page and read some of our recent articles which have links to further advice and information.

  5. Start planning! It’s so easy to procrastinate and there’s absolutely no substitute for just getting started. Try our Innovation Canvas, to help you map out what's important. Or just use whatever works for you and whatever you have to hand.

  6. Get in touch with us! We’d love to hear from you if any of the above has been useful, or alternatively if none of it is useful and you have an idea of what would help.

Nat and Jake

Natalie Yan-Chatonsky and Jake Waddell
Co-Founders of Full Time Lives