Whether you’re worried about the security of your current career or you’re feeling as if you’ve got yourself into a bit of a rut, don’t push those thoughts aside. It’s never too late to change your career, even if you’re considering an entirely different industry. We succeed when we follow the areas in which we truly feel motivated. If you want to do something completely different, you need to run with that. You might need to learn a few things and gain a little experience, but, if you know that you’ll enjoy this more than your current career, then it’s worth pursuing a different route.
The point is that you can do it: you can change your career. If the only thing stopping you from taking that huge leap is the fear that you’re too old or too deep into your current career to change, perhaps because you’ve invested so many years into it, there’s nothing really in your way. It’s a scary step, but any experience you’ve gained in your current career is still experience. It’s time to move on, however, if the experience is no longer an enjoyable one. It just means sense. If you’re struggling with the concept of where to begin, however, then here are some pieces of advice for changing your career midway through life.
Use your existing experience.
After any form of working life, you’ll have picked up skills over the years. If you’ve spent all that time working as an accountant, but now you have dreams of entering the computer industry, that doesn’t mean you’re starting entirely from scratch. You’ve learnt about punctuality, meeting deadlines, the steps necessary to progress up the ladder in a career and the skills necessary to analyse or assess data.
These are all general skills which are applicable to numerous career paths, and yet these are also skills which require a highly experienced worker in order to be mastered to the fullness of their potential. The point is your existing experience is likely not as irrelevant as you might think. Through years of experience working for any company, there will be skills you’ve picked up that put you in good stead for a new career; perhaps even better stead than the fresh-faced, inexperienced young adults who are trying to break into their very first career.
Of course, you should still keep your CV concise.
An overly long CV can actually be detrimental to your success with finding a new job. After working for many years, or perhaps well over a decade, you’ve likely picked up a lot of experience along the way, but you have to focus on what’s relevant for the job to which you’re applying. One thing which is almost universal to every employer, business and industry on the planet is that people are busy. Employers don’t have time to sift through pages and pages of information concerning your work history, and they most likely aren’t interested in such excessive detail anyway.
Employers care only about your potential within the role for which you’re applying. They want to see some evidence that you’re the perfect fit for the job and that you’d complete your work to a high standard. They just want to hire somebody who they know will be effective and efficient at what they do. If a small part of work history demonstrates that knowledge or experience, then that’s all you need to discuss. Don’t make it difficult for the employer. You want to captivate their attention, so market yourself in a clear and uncluttered way. Keep the CV concise.
Do what you love.
You should trust your natural talents, as this might be the reason you’re so unhappy in your current job role, whatever it may be. If you’ve always had a caring nature, for example, there are support worker jobs which might appeal to you. Entering the industry of your dreams isn’t so difficult if you’re set on a specific career. Getting qualified and conducting research to educate yourself in a specific industry area is so much easier when you feel a deep passion for that subject area. Perhaps your current job is relatively straightforward, but a molehill becomes a mountain when you hate every last task you have to perform in your job.
Take it slowly.
There’s no rush to attain the career of your dreams. If you’ve been stuck in the same dull and uninspiring career for years, then it’s understand that you just want to claw your way out and chase the job you always envisioned yourself having. You might find it easier if you work up to your new industry slowly. Don’t throw yourself in at the deep end because you’ll certainly struggle to swim.
This isn’t about reaching the top with a snap of your fingers; this is about starting on a path down which you always wanted to go. An entry level in your dream company or dream industry will most likely inspire and invigorate you to work harder than a high-level position in your current company or industry which does not motivate you in the slightest to better yourself. You’ll find that you climb your way up the career ladder with ease if you’re entering an industry which truly inspires and ignites passion within you, so don’t worry about having to start from the bottom once again and work your way up.
Obviously, for certain lines of career, you’ll need certain qualifications or training, at the very least, in order to have a sufficient level of training or knowledge to acquire the job role for which you’re applying. In some cases, training will be provided as part of an entry level role, but it all depends on the industry and the business to which you apply. Whether it requires some personal research, taking an online course, reading extensively or going back to school, learning is essential before you take the plunge into a brand new career. This will truly tell you whether you’re as motivated to pursue your new line of work as you thought.