Over 40s

Stirling Careers Consultancy works with more mature workers.  You may be considering a career change, you may have been made redundant or you may need some help to transition to a new role. 

Some of the latest research and statistics show that an average person will have between 10 and 14 different jobs over their working lifetime.  This may also mean 3 to 4 career changes. You may have many reasons for thinking about a career change. You may even be unsure about what your options are. This could be because:

  • You are experiencing poor job satisfaction or financial rewards in your current role
  • You are considering a career change but do not know where to start
  • You are considering pursuing a hobby or an area of growing interest as a possible career
  • You are finding that jobs in your area are limited or declining
  • You are looking for a role that complements your personal priorities and commitments
  • You may want to work part-time or consider studying part-time
  • You have taken a career break to look after a relative and now need to return to the job market

A career change can be a viable option whether you are 20, 30, 40, 50 or 60.

Alistair Stirling, the founder of Stirling Careers Consultancy, has changed career several times during his life. He initially worked in leisure, recreation and tourism. He then moved into education and teaching. Subsequently, he managed government funded projects is currently running his own careers and training business.

At the age of 50, Alistair retrained at Canterbury Christ Church University to become a Careers Adviser.  He gained a Qualification in Careers Guidance (QCG Level 7) and went on to study an MA in Career Guidance. His dissertation title was: People Over 50 Facing Redundancy. 

You may want to make a slight or a radical change in your career direction.  However, it is really important that you think it all the way through.  Through changing career several times Alistair has had first-hand experience and understands how important it is to make sure you identify your options and  undertake thorough research before taking any action. 

Failing to undertake thorough research is a huge mistake. Working with a professional careers adviser from Stirling Careers Consultancy can help you make informed decisions about your future career choices. We will then help you re-position yourself in the job market and help you persuade potential employers that you are the person to employ.

"I now have a positive action plan to pursue my aims and ambitions and I would like this programme to continue to help others raise their confidence. Good course for confidence building."

Sarah M, London

“After 24 years as a freelancer and business owner, I felt the need to move back in to full-time employment. My session with Alistair was fantastic, and life-changing. After only 3 interviews, I had been offered 2 of the jobs."

London Client

“Very useful! The possible questions were useful.”

Workshop Client

“Very interesting and helpful especially the information about branding which was new to me.”

Local Authority Employee

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your time and support over the past year – I really appreciate it and have always come away from each session with useful tips and ideas and am sure that this will be the case for your other clients needing the valuable support too.” 

Coaching Client, London

Through working with us: 

  • We will help you identity your options 
  • We will help you thoroughly research your options and help you make decisions about your options
  • We will help you test your ideas out
  • We will help you identify your transferable skills
  • We will help you put together a targeted job search plan 
  • We will work with you to develop an action plan which will help you achieve the transition into your new role or self-employment
  • We also offer psychometric assessments to offer you other career options which will give you other ideas you might not have considered or confirm existing ideas you have
  • Working with us will help you transition from your current role to a more fulfilling role


The cost of each session is £125 (Not subject to VAT). We recommend six sessions for maximum benefit. Total cost £750 (Not subject to VAT).

How does it work?

  • Firstly, we would organise a free initial telephone consultation to find out a little bit more about you and explain how we work. 
  • We would ask you to complete a short questionnaire and ask you to return it along with your CV
  • We will then arrange a day and time to meet either in person or online.

Career Change Case Studies

A couple of examples where our clients have successfully taken a career change

A recent client took a career break to look after an elderly relative and wanted to change career and return to the job market. We met with her and discussed her options and helped her prepare for interviews and on her third interview she was successful in gaining employment as a Customer Service Assistant. 

Two months later you achieved her goal of gaining employment as an administrative role within the NHS. After passing her 6 month probationary period she called me to thank me for all my help and support and she was delighted with her new role. 

Another recent client I supported, had previously worked as a Retail Manager for a large national retail outlet. She transitioned to a Human Resources role in a Barrister’s Chambers. The careers support involved helping her prepare and succeed at her interview. We then supported her through her three-month probationary period which involved helping her to identify her objectives and supporting her to achieve these goals. 

She found the help and support invaluable particularly moving from the retail sector to the human resource profession within the legal profession.   

A Retirement Consultation

If you are considering retirement, Stirling Careers Consultancy can help you make the transition from a structured lifestyle to one where you will need to plan your time efficiently and effectively to suit your needs and your budget.  

This may include some of the following:

  • Hobbies
  • Leisure Activities
  • Courses
  • Voluntary Work
  • Supporting Family
  • Making new friends

Stirling Careers Consultancy can help you talk through your options before you retire so when you do retire you will have a basis of a plan on how you would like to spend your time in retirement.  We would deliver a one to one careers advice session with you to help you start planning for retirement and follow-up with additional resources i.e. local groups related to hobbies and interests which you can consider joining.


The cost of each session is £125 (Not subject to Vat) 

You may only need two sessions 

  • Firstly, we would organise a free initial telephone consultation to find out a little bit more about you and explain how we work. 
  • We would ask you to complete a short questionnaire about your current ideas are for retirement.
  • We would then arrange a time to meet either in person or online 

These services are delivered through Skype, telephone or Face to Face at a Central London location at the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Alternatively, we will hire a room charging you at cost for the room hire in addition to the cost of the careers interview.

If you are interested in finding out more about career change then please contact Alistair Stirling.

Bromley Careers Consultant Alistair Stirling offering careers advice in & around Kent, London

Alistair Stirling is a registered careers adviser with over 20 years’ experience of supporting people back into employment.

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