If you’ve reached your mid-thirties and you still don’t feel fulfilled by your chosen career, it could be a clear indication that you need to start again with something new. It is never too late to make a change in your life, nor is it too late to learn a new skill. Change is a daunting concept and just the word change can be enough to send shivers down your spine. The thing is though, without change we cannot grow, and without growth, we will always be stuck… stuck in the same town, the same relationship, and even the same career. If you’ve been itching to reboot your career life then you’ve come to the right place. Here are 5 great tips for starting a new career.
- Don’t Be Difficult
If you want this transition from one career into the next to be as smooth as possible, you need to be realistic. Don’t set goals that are next to impossible to achieve because at the first sign of trouble you will want to bail. Choose something that you are already good at and which fits in with your personality. I used to be an accountant, and a great one, the problem was it bored me senseless. So, not wanting to stay in a job that was mind-numbing to me, I changed careers. After many years of hard work, I am now a Marketing Director – still figures but interesting ones.
- Don’t Be Afraid
Fear is a necessary emotion but it is often a misplaced one too. Don’t be afraid to try new things if you think you will be good at them. More often than not, we know what we’ll be amazing at – these are the things that we just get, better than anyone else we know. It’s never too late to learn new things, especially if you already have the foundation layer of knowledge and experience. There are so many different ways to learn new skills online, like with trading software for beginners. Broaden your horizons and it will pay off in the end.
- Set Goals
Set yourself some realistic career goals by being honest with yourself right from the start about what you are hoping to achieve – jobs pay bills but careers build lives. Having achievable targets to work towards will give you something to focus on, and focus is vital for starting a new career from scratch.
- Have a Plan
Don’t fly blind. Once you know what you can build a successful career doing and you know what you want to achieve then the next step is to document it. You will never know how far you have come if you don’t know where you started. Make sure you have added every aspect of this new career change, right down to how many months you can live off your savings while you are building a new career.
- Don’t Give Up
Starting anything all over again can be hard, especially when that thing is an entirely new career. Be brutal, be honest, be tough but never be a quitter. Don’t wait for a sign to tell you it’s time, make up your mind, and then stick to it.