You might be an individual working in a company that doesn’t treat you well or pays enough for the efforts you make. This can be depressing and can make you feel worthless. Or you might be doing the business which was passed down in your family.
This business may not be of your interest, and you might want to jump into your own life, start something on your ideas and interests.
If you are not happy with the work, you do then the sooner you leave it, the better for you. If your heart and mind are not at your job, you might not produce the results. And even if it produces results you might not be content fully.
Also by doing something you are not interested in you are ruining the chances of doing things you will be great at and happy about. Also, there can be a long-term impact on your physical as well as mental health if you continue in such a job.
You don’t eat what you don’t like, right? And if you were in an unhappy relationship, you’d leave that too, right? The why carry on with something that you are least interested in, just for some money and no life?
Life is simple, do what makes you happy, leave what makes you Not HAPPY!!
Thinking of changing a career at the age of 30, 40 or 50 can feel like a difficult situation and involves certain risks. It might not seem as simple as before as more responsibilities and people depend on you. But it is worth the risks you take!
Changing your career into something of your interest guarantees job satisfaction. You will be able to put your full effort into something which is of your interest and hence will yield the best results. Such a career will also be able to satisfy all your personal, professional and financial needs.
The feeling you get when you get a chance to do the work you love is something that can’t be explained by words. And the results of such a work give can be a lot more than what you expect.
Just beware of the obstacles that might come across and be prepared to face anything.
7 simple steps – midlife career change
1. What is your current position or where do you stand now?
Self-evaluate the current position you are in. Are you happy, both personally and professionally?
Is your present line of work satisfying? Is there something that can be done to make your situation better?
Is it the job, your colleagues or the employer? Why are you doing this job even though it doesn’t give you the happiness or satisfaction? What can you do?
Ask these questions to yourself and find the answers. You cant run away from your problems, and if you think a career change can be a solution then go for it.
2. What are your skills and interests?
Are you certain of your skills and interests? What are you best at and what job makes you happy?
If you are not sure about what career to choose to take some career tests and assess yourself. Knowing your values, interests, qualification, aptitudes, and personality not only helps you to find a perfect career but also will help you to know the reason behind switching to a new career.
Your skills in project management, communications, problem solving and leadership will cross over to your next career.
List these skills on your resume in such a way that you get noticed while selecting candidates for an interview.
3. What career to jump into?
If you want the satisfaction and happiness which the previous job didn’t offer, make sure that you choose the right job this time. Hurrying and going behind the wrong job can lay waste to all your effort. The world is not going to fall over you in a few months!
Take some time to study and research all your options. While changing a job salary and benefits might be the prime factors, but don’t make them the only factors. Find something that you will enjoy.
Also, various studies show that people who enjoy doing their job are found to be healthier than others and experience lesser stress issues and illnesses.
4. The skills that are transferable
A career change is usually from one scale to an entirely different scale. Your new career might require you to perform at a different level, and you will have to display additional skills. Think about your new job.
Does it have the same scale of work as the previous job or is it more challenging?
Once you have analyzed your new job, find out what transferable skills you have for the new job.
Transferable skills and abilities are the ones you can bring from one area or job position to another. When you are going for a career change, it is very important to identify such skills and has proven to be very useful in future.
5. Additional educational requirements if needed
Once you have found out your dream career choice, check if there is any gap between your new job and your qualification. Check if the new line of work needs special training or qualification requirements. If so, treat yourself with training courses, self-study, volunteer work and whatever is necessary.
Being the best in your area of interest is essential for career growth.
Also for additional educational requirements don’t hesitate to attend colleges whatever age you may be. Nowadays there are a lot of colleges and institutions that provide courses in all the fields. Utilize them.
6. Career Networking
Communicate and establish a network with the people in your sector. Find some people who will help you through the problems you might face as a newbie.
By displaying a unique personality and potential, you can become noticed and recognized by the employers as well as your colleagues.
7. Measure the Results
Keep track of the work you do. Record your progress in a book and or computer.
Evaluate yourself both personally and professionally. See the changes you have been experiencing the career switch. If you feel it the dream job , continue it. And if you are not satisfied fully, you can look for another career switch. Never stop until you are fully happy and content.