Resources For Gen Xers Who Want To Navigate A Midlife Career Slump.
If you're trying to get unstuck and navigate out of a midlife career slump but not sure where to start, this article is for you.
I have been researching about midlife career challenges for almost three years. I went into a rabbit hole researching midlife career slump because I was going through it myself, and so were many of my peers. I didn't want to just sit and wait for things to improve. Instead, I wanted to clearly understand what and why this was happening and, more importantly, how to get myself out of feeling stuck and burnt out at work.
If you're looking for resources on this topic to start with, don't worry; I've got you covered.
Here are the resources you can start with to learn more about midlife career slump and how to navigate out of it:
Read this article from Harvard Business Review: Reading List: Midcareer Crisis Series.
In this article, HBR compiled their best reading lists from their site covering topics related to midcareer crisis. The list of articles varies from how to manage a midcareer crisis, managing a home and career, to how to change careers in midlife. It's a great starting point for anyone who is just dipping into the subject.
The only problem is you only get a limited number of articles you can read for free in a month with HBR, so you may need to stagger your reading.
Here are two books I'd recommend you start with:
#1: Why We Can't Sleep: Women's New Midlife Crisis by Ada Calhoun: Not career-specific, and the book is skewed toward women struggling in midlife, but Calhoun provides great insights on midlife challenges. It was one of the first books I picked up when I started researching the topic.
#2: Breaking Out of Burnout: Overcoming Mid-Career Burnout and Coming Back Stronger by Rex Baker: The author writes in a conversational tone and outlines suggestions on avoiding and overcoming midcareer burnout that could help you stop feeling like you are a hamster running endlessly in a wheel.
If you're big on podcasts, listen to The Mid-Career GPS by John Neral: Neral is a coach dedicated to helping people increase job satisfaction and take steps toward achieving goals that are important to them.