It doesn’t matter whether you are a doctor, a teacher, a hairstylist or a homemaker, it is never too late to switch your career. The concept of having one career for your entire life is no longer valid in the twenty-first century. Talk to anyone you meet and the chances are that they have had a whole host of jobs wholly unrelated to one another. This leads to a fulfilling, varied and exciting professional life, and you can be the same. While change is a daunting prospect, it is also an exhilarating one. Take a look at the three simple steps that you can follow to switch your career successfully.
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Get The Funds
Switching careers isn’t cheap, especially if you are looking to find a position that requires further training and qualifications. There may not be government loans available, and you probably won’t have an employer to sponsor your studies. Instead, you need to fund your own studies to invest in yourself. This means making a plan for your career switch. Consider how much longer you will need to work in your current position before you can commit to training or further study. Look into all of your potential study routes. Institutions like the University of Southern California offer a variety of online-based courses such as law to help you study from the comfort of your own home, rather than having to go to a physical site. This helps those more mature students who find that distance learning suits their lifestyles better.
Once you know how much money you need, you can then begin saving for your studies. Only when you have the necessary funds should you enroll and start upskilling for your new career.
Make an appointment with a recruitment consultant that specializes in filling roles from your new chosen industry sector. These individuals know precisely what employers are looking for and can guide you on the best way to enhance your resume. They will help you select relevant training courses and may even take you onto their books to help you secure an entry level position. While you might not be at the same level as your current role straight away, put in the effort and keep seeking out further opportunities and you will find yourself scaling the rungs of the career ladder.
Go It Alone
For some people, it is not their career that they despise, but rather their particular jobs and having to work full time as an employee lining the pockets of corporate fat cats. If you want to escape this rat race, you will need to embark on your own startup venture. This could be linked to your current role. If you have an idea for how to attract an untapped niche, go for it. As a professional, the chances are that you have a little book of contacts that you can take with you. Having this in your armory means you can hit the ground running and start your own business doing something you love and working for yourself.
Your career needn’t see you working to live. Instead, you can enjoy your job – you simply need to work out what it is you want to do with your professional life.