It is never too late to start a new career. With the way the job market is today, many people are having trouble finding a job in their field. Even those who are still lucky enough to have a job may have to work extra hard, so a new career may be appealing to them as well.
There are a number of reasons people change careers. A person may not know what a chosen career is really like until taking his first job. Another person may not like her boss and co-workers, and may use this as an incentive to seek a new career. Whatever the case, it is never too late to change your career.
If you get to the point where you desire a career change, you must decide what you want to do. It can make the career change easier if your new career is somehow related to your original career. If you have been downsized in marketing, for example, you may consider sales; in this case, if you have a 401k or some savings to tap into, perhaps you could buy a franchise or small business.
Career changes can be simple moves to another department. For example, a brand manager may want to switch into advertising. Career changes can also be more drastic, such as a businessman who decides to study in the seminary. The more drastic the career move, the greater the stress will be. There will also be a bigger learning curve, and you may need additional education.
Whatever your particular situation, beginning a new career can also be rejuvenating; the excitement most people feel when doing work they truly enjoy can make the working day much less stressful overall. The key is to select a career that you will enjoy and for which you have the skills.
Following are some steps on how to expedite that new career change:
- You must first assess your situation. If you are ready to make a career switch and the new career doesn't require additional education, you can start that new job immediately. But if the new career does require additional education or training, you need to start taking steps toward that new career.
- Research your desired career. Talk to others who are in that career, and find out their favorite and least favorite aspects of their jobs. this may help you decide if it is something you really want to do.
- Write down all of the necessary steps for your career switch.
- Assign a timeframe for each step. Be realistic. If you need two additional years of education, that's your timeframe.
- Start the process immediately. Don't procrastinate. Meanwhile, stay at your current job and pursue your future aspirations in your spare time.