It’s Never Too Late to Change Your Career

Do you remember the last time you got excited about work? The last time you got up in the morning and smiled, eager to get going? A third of our day is spent at work, so it’s important to feel at least somewhat passionate about what we do. Otherwise, we’ll just end up constantly stressed, tired and unhappy. If it’s been too long since you felt happy about your job, maybe it’s time for a change. Stop to think – is my current workplace making me unhappy? Would I be happier if I did the same job somewhere else? Or does the problem run even deeper than that, and we are simply not pleased with our choice of career? If that’s the case, don’t despair. You can change things, but it may require some effort.

Think everything through

We all run into bumps on the road in all aspects of our lives. From our relationships, to our career, things don’t always look sunny, and sometimes they’re downright horrible. We can’t give up as soon as something becomes difficult because life will keep pushing challenges in our direction and we have to learn to cope with them. However, if you’ve been unhappy with your job for a long time and even easy, mundane days at work feel like Hell every time, then you probably should start looking at some other options. When considering a career change, be careful to not fall into any of the following traps:

  • Don’t do something just because you have a friend who’s good at it
  • Don’t pick a career in a field just because it’s currently popular
  • Don’t let money be the only deciding factor
  • Don’t expect the change to happen overnight
  • Don’t pick a career you haven’t researched well previously

Changing your career is a huge step and it requires careful consideration. There’s no need to go through this change alone, you can consult with your partner, your friends, or even a career counsellor.

Consider further education

Before you make the final decision, ask yourself: will I be able to work and study about the new field at the same time? To make a change this big you need to be stubbornly persistent and deal with problems as they come. Depending on your level of education, you may want to consider going to college. Don’t think it’s too late for that, regardless of how old you are. Steven Spielberg was turned down from attending his university of choice, then he enrolled in another one, and then he didn’t finish it until 35 years later, when he came back to get his bachelor’s degree. Today it’s easier than ever to enrol in college, with many courses being available online. In Australia, 33% of people who change careers state that they want better benefits and a chance to advance in a field. And this is a good reason to pick a new path, because you don’t have to limit yourself to a lifetime of doing something you dislike.

Do your research, and Australia as an example, where it’s easy to find options for distance learning. The University of Queensland, for example, has a lot of web based courses and you can find notes from UQ past exams and use them to practice and study. It’s best to make inquiries and learn which colleges offer similar terms and what do you need to apply. If you think you won’t have any options, you’re wrong. There are possibilities all around you, you just have to look. A much bigger challenge will be to organize your time well enough to accomplish everything.

Don’t lose hope

Things are bound to get tough, but remember that you’re exchanging short term stress for long term satisfaction. The two things you really need to change your careers is knowledge and willpower. Inform yourself about all that’s available. If you don’t want to go to college, there are many different online courses available. A lot of the courses are free, with the option of buying a certificate after you finish them. You can also look up freelancing if you’re tired of the constant 9 to 5 schedule and want to be able to organize your time to your liking.

The most important thing you’ll need is passion. Your life can get better and you don’t have to settle for less, but you need passion to remind you why you’re doing it when things become difficult. Just remember that you can overcome obstacles with enough persistence and support. You can build the kind of life you want to have.  

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