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Changing your career in your 40s

When you approach 40, you might be concerned about launching into a new career, especially if you need to learn new skills or get qualifications to succeed in a new role.

But if your current role no longer feels rewarding or challenging, then a career change at 40 might be just the thing you’re looking for. Rest assured, there are plenty of job roles and careers out there where you can still thrive and make a huge difference. And no role is more fulfilling and rewarding than working with children by opening your home to fostering.

So, if you’re wondering how to change careers at 40 and want to discover if fostering could be the perfect new role for you, then read on.

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Career change at 40

It’s understandable that the idea of changing careers at 40 might seem a little scary. After all, you’ve already spent a long time gaining certain skills in your current role, and the thought of starting again might feel daunting. But a fresh career at 40 still gives you plenty of time to learn new things and launch into a role that excites you.

Sure, you’ll be stepping out of your comfort zone after several years in a sector you’re familiar with, but your experience and transferable skills will help you flourish in a new role.

With a career like fostering, you are able to draw on your existing skills and life experience and discover a role that is filled with progression. All while helping to support your community and make a positive impact on young lives that need it the most.

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Changing careers in your 40s to fostering

One of the best UK career change ideas is fostering. You’ve spent your working life in a career (or several careers) that has challenged and interested you. But sometimes the shine of these jobs dulls, and you can find yourself wanting a new purpose.

A fresh career change at 40 can help put the spring back into your step and open you up to a whole new world of exciting and life-changing work.

The wonderful thing about fostering is that it’s so much more than a job. Opening your heart and home to vulnerable children who need you the most can give your life new meaning. These children are likely to have had a traumatic or painful past and desperately need the safety and security you can provide.

Fostering also allows you to work flexibly from home and gives you the opportunity to progress, learn new fostering skills and become an expert in your field. There truly is no other career that provides such amazing job satisfaction as fostering.

Although you might not be an empty nester just yet, if you already have your own children then you can use the skills you have gained to help support other children in need of a safe home.

At Fosterplus, we have several different types of fostering available, from short and long-term fostering to more specialist types including parent and child, and asylum-seeking placements. When you foster with us, we’ll work with you to expertly match you with the perfect placement, and we’re here for you 24/7 to ensure you always get the support and help you need to succeed in your role.

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Are you ready to start fostering?

Is it too late to change careers at 40? Absolutely not! Not only have you acquired a range of amazing transferable skills, but you have experience, maturity, and so much more to give. Now might be the perfect time to start fostering and pivot into an exciting role that changes lives for the better.

Not only is fostering a career with progression and flexibility, but it comes with a competitive salary and allows you to give back to the community. If you want to change your career at 40 and learn more about fostering with Fosterplus, download our free Guide to Fostering. Or, contact us to speak to one of our friendly advisors!

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