Time your midlife career change well
First, though, take emotions off the table.
If you are going through a divorce or have recently been passed over for a promotion, now is not the time to make a change, Goodwin says, noting mental focus is imperative.
While still collecting a steady paycheck, she says, complete any certifications or coursework you'll need to reposition yourself in the job market, as Trenouth did, thus minimizing an employment gap.
Take advantage, too, of leadership opportunities and training classes available within your company that may help bolster your resume for future employers.
"It's irresponsible to just quit your job," Goodwin says. "You want to leave on your own terms.
"If you just got let go," she adds, "find some other way to pay the mortgage first, and then pursue a career change."