Great Jobs for Women at Menopause: Rolling with the Ch-Ch-Changes

In 10 Great Jobs for Midlife Women, Aaron Crowe wrote, “More.com ran a list of 10 great jobs for midlife women. It’s a short list of jobs meant to feed your passion, and I think they could work just as well for a man as a woman.  They’re jobs in growing sectors that don’t rely on youth but on experience, and offer flexible hours and the ability to work remotely. And they pay well.  These jobs may make you want to change your life, according to More.com. And if they don’t, they should at least give you some ideas on how to find your passion and turn it into a job.” 

Here they are, with a salary range and an idea of the challenge of each:

1. Chief Environmental Officer.  Help a company shrink its carbon footprint and earn a six-figure salary.  Challenge: Navigating politics inside and outside your organization.

2. Religious Leader.  Pastors can earn from $48,000 to more than $100,000.
Challenge: Being a public role model.

3. Fund-raiser.  Use your networking skills to get money out of groups and individuals. Pay is $50,500 for the first year.  Challenge: Making cold calls.

4. Genetics Counselor.  A master’s degree is typically needed to help people decide if they should get medical treatment based on genetic testing. Pay is $59,000 per year.
Challenge: Helping make heart-wrenching decisions.

5. Landscape Architect.  Making an outdoor space come to life sounds like an easy job, but a college degree helps. Pay is $90,000.
Challenge: Local politics.

6. Tax Expert.  The IRS is conducting more audits and someone is needed to help people prepare forms and handle audits. Pay is $50 to $400 per hour.
Challenge: Gotta be good with numbers.

7. Education Advocate.  Help special-needs children with their education options. Pay is $60,000 per year.  Challenge: Bureaucrats.

8. Financial Adviser.  Help people plan their financial future, earning $120,000 a year.
Challenge: Understanding stocks, interest rates.

9. Online Professor.  The ultimate job from home or anywhere with a computer and Internet connection, earning $70,000 a year.
Challenge: Constantly being on a computer.

10. Commercial Real Estate Agent.  While real estate prices are falling, the commercial side can be more lucrative. Pay is $61,000.
Challenge: Working for commission

Remember: These are just a start and should give anyone — man or woman — a good starting ground for discovering their passion and finding a job they look forward to going to each day.  10 Great Jobs for Midlife Women, Aaron Crow

I loved reading this article, because I learned that I already have the job of my dreams and I already earn at the top of their scale.  I would like to say it was hard work and a struggle to get here, but the truth is I pretty much just fell into it while I was pursing other interests.  Sometimes it seems as though I started down the hill on my toboggan and took all these really neat twists and turns and got surprised ending up on the other side of the mountain from where I thought I was headed.  Surprised to find myself in this place, but thrilled all the same.  I did not imagine anything this good.

I always figured I’d do something fun, something interesting, but had not settled on what I wanted to try first.  It was 1991 and I knew I was going to step out of the legal profession, I felt pretty finished with that, although I continued to do non-lawyer legal document preparation for a few years.  I didn’t know what I was going to do, but I was beginning to give it some thought.

My first thoughts were I could simply be a yoga and meditation teacher.  I didn’t have a lot of debt and I didn’t need a lot of income.  I began to make a list of everything I had the skills to do, even if they were not jobs I wanted to do: I could clean and sew and paint and do handyman stuff.  I could do the legal work but wanted to stay away from that.  I liked videotaping local events.  I was already producing a small newsletter called Into The Light that was a product of my contemplations of the Alice Bailey work I was studying at the time.  My mother saw a Psychic Friends Network infomercial on tv and told me to apply; I worked their phone line from 1992 to 1998.  It was quite by synchronicity that I became involved in the beginning of Horizons Magazine.  And 17 years later, here I am.

What I learned from this is that it’s not quite so important to know exactly where I’m headed, or what I want to do when I grow up.  It’s more important to find something to have an interest in, and make myself stay in motion toward it – toward something.  If I need to make some twists and turns to get there, I’ll just go where the river wants to go.

As long as I’m in motion, I’ve learned, the Universe can step right in and take the wheel and steer me toward something better than my wildest dreams.  Of course, I always had in my thoughts that more good was coming, more fun was coming.  I had it in my thoughts that my life had always been a series of upgrades, and I expected that to continue.

Then all I had to do was stay out of my own way. Hold hopeful thoughts and live with integrity.  That in itself used to be a daily yoga, but now – it’s my natural way of being.

Who ever or What ever allowed that to happen or made that to happen, thanks.

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