Not all of us have careers that we planned to have after graduating school. Having a job is different than having a career. Regardless of your situation, one thing is the same for everyone. It is never too late to start a career you always wanted.
It’s never too late to make choices that will benefit your health and wellness. Yes, a career you love will benefit you in all aspects of your life, including your health and wellness.
“Statistics indicate that 56% of all U.S workers are currently interested in switching to a new career. How do you know that you want to change? If you catch yourself thinking about what if and looking into new opportunities you at least know you want to change. And that is a very good 1st step.
If you had all the money in the world, what would you be doing with yourself? Don't hold back. Make a list of all the things you'd rather be doing with your time. Your first few answers will probably be something like: Take a tropical vacation, spend more time with the kids, etc. But push your thinking beyond that. Ask yourself if you are content with long working hours, reporting to authorities, doing mundane tasks on a daily basis. If this is what you don't like, then strive for a self-actualizing job that gives you exactly what you desire or hope to achieve.
The threshold for reaching a point in your working life when you need a new challenge is different for everyone. You might even be thinking about a completely new career direction.
If you decide it's time for action, the next decision is whether it's a fresh job role, a different company or a completely new direction in life. Outlined below are some of the questions you need to ask to decide what action to take. (source-National Careers Service.com)
How Satisfied Are You with Your Career?
Thinking about what you've achieved in your career so far can be a good place to start. Success means different things to different people, but you may want to consider whether you’ve:
- enjoyed the challenges you've met in your work
- been promoted in line with your talents
- achieved a salary that lets you live the way you want
- built up expertise in your line of work
- made an impact - within your organisation, or more widely
- earned the respect of clients, customers and colleagues.
Is It Time for a Career Change?
Working out whether your current job has let you achieve the level of success you want should give you an idea of whether it's time for a change.
If you think a career change could benefit you, you’ll need to decide whether you want:
- a new role in your current organization
- a change of employer
- a completely different career.
Are You Enjoying Your Job?
If you no longer enjoy the day-to-day activities in your job, it might be that you've been in this type of role too long and you need a new challenge. Moving to a different department within your organisation, or to a different employer might solve the problem.
If you actively dislike parts of your day-to-day job - or you don't get the chance to use all of your talents - ask yourself whether what you do is typical for someone in your line of work. If you're dissatisfied with the job itself, changing department or employer may not improve things. You may want to consider a bigger change.
If you decide you do want to re-train, you'll have to decide how to go about it. If you've got financial commitments you may prefer to stay in your current job and do a part-time or flexible course.
- Find a Course
- Flexible Learning and Home Study
- Part Time Higher Education
Do You Feel Motivated by the People You Work With?
How do you get on with colleagues, managers, clients and others in your workplace? Consider whether any problems are due to personality clashes with particular individuals, the culture of the workplace, or because of the nature of the job itself.
If you like the people you work with but are frustrated by the actual work, you may want to look at changing your role within the organization, or looking for a different role with a similar employer.
Are You Satisfied With Your Work-Life Balance?
If you're looking for a better fit with your family life, a change of job isn't always necessary.
Technology is making it possible for more people to spend time working from home. Bear in mind that you may have the right to ask your employer to make arrangements for flexible working (though they can refuse if there's a good business reason to do so).
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