From feeling unfulfilled in your current role to having a lifelong yearning to learn a particular skill or trade, there are many reasons why you might be daydreaming about changing the direction of your career. All too often though common misconceptions prevent people from taking the leap. If any of these three thoughts are stopping you from improving your prospects, it may be time for a rethink.
I don’t have time to get qualified
You may already be struggling to balance full-time work and your family life and feel that adding training or studying to the mix simply won’t be possible. However, there are plenty of courses out there that are designed to fit around your current responsibilities. For example, www.simplyacademy.com, the website of financial training school Simply Academy, details the benefits of home study through elearning. According to this company, students can access high quality learning resources through an online portal, meaning they can study at any time and place. This kind of flexibility means that you can learn at a pace that suits you and your lifestyle.
I’m too old to change careers
We’ve all heard the saying ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ and many of us fall into the trap of believing that once you’re past a certain age, it’s too late to make a move in your career. According to coaching company The Big Leap, 80 per cent of people end up in the wrong job. We’re often encouraged to conform to other people’s expectations and follow a steady career path that leads to financial security and status. But this doesn’t lead to fulfilment for everyone. One of the upsides of changing careers when you’re older is that you’re more likely to know yourself better and understand what it is you really want for a career.
If you long to branch out on your own and be your own boss in later life, you’re not alone. At the end of 2015, 43 per cent of those who had started their own business were over 50. The number of self-employed over-65s has also doubled in the last five years.
I can’t make a living doing something I enjoy
Many of us are encouraged to write off doing something we enjoy for a living as a pipe dream while we’re young. Years later, leaving secure employment to pursue a passion can seem like a very risky prospect. However, if you’re savvy about your move and are willing to wait until the time is right to turn a hobby into a lucrative career, you might find that doing something you love can open many doors that would have stayed firmly locked if you had’ve remained in your previous role. Take businesswoman Martha Stewart, for example, who went from being being a Wall Street stockbroker to a multimillionaire by following her passion for gourmet cooking.
Of course, making a career change isn’t always easy or straightforward but if you are dedicated to putting in the time and effort required into turning your dreams into a reality, you could find yourself more fulfilled than you ever thought possible.