How to make a midlife career change
Get out there and network
You should also spend time networking with those who work in your desired field, Berger says.
That might include leveraging social media, but you should also use tried-and-true traditional face-to-face methods. Read trade journals, attend professional meetings, and volunteer at conferences and events that bring you closer to the people who hire.
For pros and cons, ask point-blank questions of those who do the job to which you aspire.
"Shadow people in the field so you get a chance to touch and feel it," Berger says. "Are these the kind of people you want to be spending time with?"
And is this the type of work you want to spend time doing?