It’s Never Too Late To Change Direction

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In life, it can be hard to know what it is that you really want in life. You can spend years working towards something that you thought you wanted, but then when you get there it’s not quite what you thought it would be. Even if that is the case, that doesn’t mean it’s too late, there’s no point in life where there’s no turning back when it comes to your career, and you should never let thoughts like that hold you back! 

Often people do what’s expected of them, or what they feel they need to do, so it’s not uncommon to be working in a job that doesn’t align with your dreams. You have to be creative with your ambitions if you want to know what it is that fits you.

How to know

Is your job starting to feel stale? Do you often fantasize about other careers wishing that you worked towards them instead? Well, if this is the case, it might be time to start looking into turning that around! That’s not to say you should just drop everything in an instant, finances need to be taken care of, but what’s stopping you from working on it? 

Age doesn’t matter

So you feel like it’s too late to turn back now, as you’re no longer in your twenties, maybe not in your thirties either; that doesn’t matter. There’s a popular Chinese proverb that says “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”. Think about it, how much happier you would be twenty years from now if you were to change direction now; there’s no time like the present!

What you can do

There’s plenty you can do to change direction, no matter what your dream job is! For some, if not all, it’s going to be a daunting path. The idea of going back to college or university with people a lot younger than yourself might feel silly, but it’s completely normal! You’re there to make the best of your life, and there’s nothing more fulfilling than that.

Even if you need to spend years studying for your dream profession, it’s worth the effort if you can commit to it! For example, you could apply for a doctor of education program much later in life than the other students. It might not sound like everyone’s dream, but graduates of this program are prepared for academic leadership positions, and for some that might sound like something worth turning their life around for!

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Don’t limit yourself to the expectations of other people, if there’s something that you’ve always wanted to do, you should start now.

Try new things

If you find yourself not enjoying your job, but also not knowing what it is that you want to do, not to worry! This just means you haven’t found what it is that you’re looking for yet, and it’s still never too late in life to find that! Now’s the time to be looking and experiencing new things, try to picture yourself in different professions! 

This doesn’t only apply for just jobs, hobbies and activities are a great way to find out more about yourself. Everyone needs a hobby, something that makes you feel good about yourself, and a creative outlet you can pour your time into! It’s never too late to pick up a new hobby either, you just have to remember to set aside some time for it here and there.

Why you should

If you dread going to work every day, but you think that it’s best if you carry on going to the same job in the same field, you might be wrong. Even if your current job brings in enough money to make you feel successful, you still need fulfillment and happiness to go with that. Money can’t buy happiness, but having a life that you enjoy is worth a lot more than all the money in the world. You don’t want to be living with the regret in the back of your mind, wishing that you’d just changed course at some point, when you can change course right now!

It’s not an easy decision to make, as you have to put in a lot of work to change your direction in life, but when you think about why you’re doing it, it can make it a lot easier. You only get

 

 

Fancy A Career Change? Here’s Three Tips To Help Get You Started

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While it is an unstable and uncertain time economically, and in the world generally at this moment in time, if you are currently unhappy in your job and professional life, you shouldn’t let this stand in the way of a career change.

No matter what you might think, and no matter what stage you are at in your life, whether that be twenty-five or forty-five, it is never too late to shake things up professionally. And if you need proof and motivation, look at all the success stories out there of both men and women who have found great success in life thanks to a change in career. A great example is JK Rowling, who famously started writing Harry Potter on a napkin in a cafe after being turned down by 12 publishers.

While it most definitely can be scary and overwhelming, a change like this could make your life better in a way that you might not even be able to imagine right now, and if the recent pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that life is too short to not go after what you want. Here are three tips to get you started down the path to a career change.

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Make sure you actually want a career change

When people hate their jobs and are dissatisfied, more often than not, it is the people that they work with, as well as the environment, that contributes to unhappiness rather than the actual field itself. Before you go off making any rash and drastic life decisions, really take the time to think about whether you actually want to change your entire career or just the job you are in right now – maybe you are down the right path, but simply in the wrong job. Even if you hate the job, maybe the industry is still a good fit and one that would interest you if you maybe had a slightly different position that was a better fit. Take the time and do some research into what other positions are out there that link to your current field and consider them first. 

Upskill 

With all of us spending more time at home, now is the perfect time to make use of any extra time that you have and invest it in yourself by taking up less-traditional ways of gaining experience to make the significant career change you want. Understand yourself, and get familiar with, your new chosen field, and do some research first. Look up job boards, like this pediatrics career search site, and look at what experience and skills are needed to be considered. Once you are armed with knowledge on the skills and qualifications that are required, you can look up online courses, and even degrees, that you can do either full time or in your spare time on evenings and weekends. Not only do you get to gain more skills and qualifications, guaranteeing that you will be seen as a more desirable candidate, but it also gives you a chance to make sure you like the career path that you are choosing to go down and make sure you still want to follow it. Even if you don’t require any official qualifications, it never hurts to upskill to broaden your opportunities. 

Take care of your finances 

With any big life change, it’s essential to make sure that you are financially healthy first to ensure that you are ready for the change. If you are going to be starting a bit further down the ladder than your current position, you will need to accept that you will need to make some financial sacrifices, at least for now, and will need to give yourself time to create a financial plan and budget to be able to adapt to your new earnings. Learn about the salary structure and expectations of your new career as well, and what you can realistically expect to earn. Look at pay scales on the internet, do research and talk to people who are already in the field. Either way, you will need a very clear picture of both, and if finance isn’t your strongest area of expertise you can always talk to a professional for advice to get your money back on track, and of your mind, to allow you to focus on making the giant leap. 

 

 

 

Advice To Help You Succeed In Your Career

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Working takes up a lot of your time, so it makes sense you want to be doing a job you love. When you work in a gratifying role, it won’t feel like work, and you’ll look forward to heading into your job each day.

Even if you enjoy what you’re doing, there are no guarantees that you’ll succeed. It takes dedication, commitment, and a willingness to give it your all if you want to surpass the competition. The following advice will help you excel in your career so you can shine and put your best foot forward.

Set & Review Your Goals

Your first step is to take the initiative to set goals, so you know what you’re after in life. Commit to working hard to find a career path that is challenging and rewarding for you. Review your list of goals often to keep them top of mind and to remind yourself what you’re working toward. Don’t be afraid to make a career change based on what you find you’re most passionate about from a professional standpoint. Staying in a boring and dead-end job will likely cause you to feel unmotivated and may take a toll on your mental health.

Advance Your Skills & Knowledge

You should always be ready to learn if you want to succeed in your career. Do your homework and figure out what next steps you should be taking to advance your skills and knowledge. For example, if you work in dentistry, then you might want to develop your talents and take a teeth whitening training course to expand your client base and help people have a better and more beautiful smile. It’ll be a great addition to your skillset and your clinic.   

Communicate Well

Effective communication is essential to finding success in your career. You have to be able to flex and adapt to other people’s styles and not let your emotions get the best of you. With the advancements in technology, it’s essential you not only know how to hold an in-person conversation but write a well-composed email too. You have to be able to get your point across concisely, and clearly, so there is minimal confusion and back and forth between you and the other party. You not only need to know how to talk to your boss and coworkers but also clients, depending on your job role.

Never Give Up

Another piece of advice to help you succeed in your career is to never give up on yourself or trying and to stay mentally strong. For instance, you may lose your job one day, or someone else might get a promotion over you. You have to use these events to motivate you to try harder and keep powering through instead of giving up and giving in and assuming you’ll never be able to make it to the top. Learn from your mistakes and believe in yourself and focus on what’s in your control so you can continue to overcome professional obstacles and prove to yourself and others you have what it takes to succeed. 

 

 

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