If you’re a woman over 40 with kids in college and all the extra time on your hands, perhaps you’re thinking of giving your career a second chance. Here are some career options for women over 40.
Jobs for women are aplenty in recent times and women have as much a chance as men when vying for any kind of job, although there are a few exceptions when the physical attributes of men are more suited for a particular job.
On the other hand, all jobs are not so easily available for women over 40, unless they have specific skills and proven expertise in their chosen line of profession.
Although it does get a little difficult for women to continue working full time, at the same pace as they used to, as they get older, there are quite a few jobs that are well suited for women over 40, depending on the kind of experience and expertise they have.
Although it is a little scary to venture into a new profession at this age, there are some jobs that women can be trained on, to enable them to have a job of their choice and realize their potential. Some jobs that would be more ideal for women over 40 are:
Administrative Positions In Education
The Education sector has many positions that can be held by women over 40 like Assistant Principal, Principal, Dean, Director, etc. These jobs would be ideal for women with an education background who also have good managerial and administrative skills.
Women could also get trained in providing daycare or education to pre-school children and then either work for or own a daycare centre or pre-school education centre.
Senior Accounting Positions
If you have experience and expertise in Accounting, you can easily continue to hold such jobs in any industry, especially those related to yearly audits, or providing financial planning consultancy, etc. where they may work as per the schedule most suited to them.
Approach chartered accountants and offer to do some tasks for them for a lower fee. Many of them are always looking for extra help, especially at tax filing time. And with the additional burden of GST, they need more help, not less.
Public Relations Jobs
If you have good communication skills, a way of dealing with a sticky situation and the ability to maintain good relations with people in spite of any crisis, you can easily get jobs in the public relations sector of any firm.
It helps if you already have a network of contacts that would be useful to the firm. This job requires the mature handling of people and situations that women over 40 are well equipped to provide.
Content and Freelance Writing Jobs
Writing is a wonderful way to express oneself and does not require any physical stress. Any woman over 40, who has a natural flair for writing, can get content writing jobs in various sectors.
You can start your freelance writing career and work from home or anywhere in the world. Check out this Freelance Writing Course designed to help new and aspiring freelance writers start and grow a freelance writing business from scratch.
If you’re struggling to find your writing niche, check out this list of 200+ writing niches (and sub-niches) to choose from. There is tremendous scope in this field because of the number of websites available with the constant need for content updates.
If you’ve had fitness goals that you put on the backburner because of kids and family responsibilities, now is the best time to get back into your fitness routine and, if you’re passionate and good at it, you can even make a full-time career of it.
Yoga trainers can get a job as a consultant with gyms, start workshops or classes for corporate or even start your own yoga classes. There is no age limit to be a good yoga teacher. All you need are passion, determination and the ability to coach others. This often counts for more than experience.
A virtual assistant (also called a VA) is a self-employed professional who provides professional administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistance to clients remotely from a home office.
A VA could provide a number of services such as online marketing, social media management, or even specialize in a specific area such as Pinterest marketing.
As a virtual assistant (VA) you can work from home or anywhere in the world. Check out this Virtual Assistant Guide designed to help new and aspiring virtual assistants to start and grow a VA business from scratch.
Artist & Illustrator
If you have a talent for art, you can work as a freelance artist and illustrator. It might be wise to upgrade your skills and learn programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator that will help you create art on your computer.
Then you can join websites like Fiverr or 99designs where you can sell your services for a fee. You should also go about creating a portfolio of your work online, preferably on your own website or WordPress blog.
These are just a few jobs that would be relevant to women over 40. There are many more such jobs that are available to women without any restrictions because of age, which means there is now no need for any woman over 40 to be without a job.
All you need to do is be brave and not let your fears prevent you from doing what your heart desires to start a new career that gives you joy and success in mid-life.