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How To Make A Major Career Change After Your 20s

Changing careers in your 20s is easy, right? Most of us millennials do it with relative frequency—especially compared with prior generations—and we come out fairly unscathed. But as we get older and take on responsibilities like mortgages and children, it can feel risky. If you’re dreaming of a different work life but haven’t mustered the courage to make it happen, perhaps you’ll derive inspiration from this study that found those who start down a new path later in life are both happier and better compensated than those who don’t. It’s never too late—Vera Wang didn’t entertain the idea of being a fashion designer until she hit 40, and Julia Child didn’t learn to cook until she was 36. Here, our best advice for starting anew, taking that big risk and making your dreams come true at any age.

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