Last updated on April 15th, 2021
Not everyone is blessed with knowing what they want to do as their career when they leave school, and often it isn’t until much later in life that you have a better idea. You have lived, experienced things, and figured out where your passions lie and what your capabilities are. However, many are put off changing their career later in life. They feel it is too late to change their mind and go for something new. However, age is only just a number and it shouldn’t matter when you change your career, it only matters about taking that time, putting in the effort and changing your working life for the better. So how can you do it? Here are some suggestions.
Figure out what you want to do
One of the first things to think about would be exactly what it is you want to do. You may already know because you had a lightbulb moment at some point in your life, or you have come to a decision gradually over the course of events and days. However you decide, really be sure what it is you want to do. As much as a change of career can happen at any time, it can be unnerving and overwhelming to take on the challenge no matter what age you are. You want to ensure that this is something you want and feel passionate about, as the rest of the steps to make it happen will be far easier to overcome.
Take the right steps to make it happen
The next thing to think about would be taking the right steps to make it happen. This could be deciding that you need specific qualifications or accreditation. It may mean you need to go back to school to further your education or to get an advanced degree. There are so many avenues you can take, but make sure that you check out websites like MyGREExamPreparation if you are looking to further your education with an advanced degree. This will give you an idea of what particular exam modules that you may need to take. Preparation is key for helping you to take the right steps to make this new career dream a reality.
Now you have an idea of exactly what you would like to do for a new career and looked at what you need to do to make it happen, it is time to be proactive.
If we have been stuck in a job that perhaps we have not liked very much, or that has not given us much in the way of freedom to do it in our own way, it can be easy to have forgotten how to use initiative. We get so used to being told to do something in a particular way, that when it comes to having to think for ourselves, we lose that skill. However, if you want to kickstart a new career, you HAVE to be proactive. It may be signing up for that introduction to togaf by Simplilearn, or finding opportunities to volunteer or shadow someone in your chosen career path. Whatever you do, you have to have that motivation to do it yourself.
You will find that pushing yourself to do something new in terms of career and education will not only give you valuable professional skills but valuable personal skills too. To do online self-paced courses you have to learn self-discipline and time management, you have to be able to organize yourself and do external learning and research. You may well find that you do not come out the other end with a new qualification and career path, but a whole new outlook, too.
Seek out the opportunities and give yourself the best start
Once you have the right qualifications and you are ready to take the career change to the next level, you will need to seek out the opportunities and give yourself the best chance. Your resume is going to be key. Not only do you want it to include any recent qualifications you have gained, but also look back on previous experience and tailor it to your new job role. You will also have great life experience and tenacity, so include that. Seek out the jobs by searching websites online or going direct to employers and communicating your resume in that way.
Be confident in the interview process
Finally, the final stage will be the interview, and this can often feel like the hardest part. Ensure you have the confidence in your ability and your decision. You can prepare in advance for obvious interview questions and dressing for the part can also give you the confidence boost you need to succeed.
Let’s hope these tips help you to make that career change.