Advice for anyone in mining experiencing a mid-career crisis


Having a mid-life career crisis? If you’re ready for a change but don’t know what it is yet, here’s our expert advice.

Are you having a mid-career crisis?

You’re not alone. It happens to the best of us.

Maybe you’re 37, you’ve been doing the same sort of job for 15 years, and you’re bored. Perhaps you’re 42 and you’ve done well in your career, but you’ve stopped progressing.

Whether you’re 16 or 61, if you’re not happy at work, it’s time to reassess your life and take a look at your options. But there’s something particular about that “midlife” period that often gives people pause. The thing about midlife is, it’s easy to feel stuck.

You more than likely have too many commitments to take time out to retrain in something else. But you also have 20 or 30 years of your working life ahead of you, and if you’re going to make a change, surely it’s now or never.

How to navigate a midlife career crisis

Ask yourself these questions. Provide honest answers (after all, you’re only kidding yourself).

  • Can I see myself in this role in 10 years?
  • Do I regularly ask myself “is this it?”
  • Will this mining job exist in the future?
  • Do I feel like I have not learnt anything new in the past few years?
  • Do I still feel challenged in this mining job?
  • Am I enjoying the work or do I no longer feel motivated?

What can you do? Consider the following:

  • Are there other opportunities within my team, department, site, or company that appeal to me?
  • What roles could I progress to from my current mining job?
  • What training could I do to build on my current skill set?
  • What is of interest to me? (Whether it’s in mining or not)
  • Do I have qualifications that I am not using and what else could I do with them?

To help identify a new opportunity, consider the following:

  • What are my income requirements?
  • What lifestyle do I want?
  • Is this a job that interests me?
  • What would I need to do to secure that job?

It’s normal to feel restless in your career — especially when you hit a midpoint. But there’s no need to be scared or confused by it. Instead, it’s a wonderful opportunity.

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Dan Hatch
Mining People International