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Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Is it too late for a career change?

You might assume that once you’re past your first flush of youth, you’re too long in the tooth to alter the course of your career.  However, this simply isn’t the case. It doesn’t matter what age you are, it’s never too late for a career change.

Retraining may be easier than you think

For a start, retraining might be much easier than you think. Even if you have financial or family commitments that mean you can’t return to full-time study at school, college or university, there are other options out there. For example, distance learning gives you the chance to study at a time and place that suits you, and there’s no shortage of these courses on offer either. If you’re interested in completing GCSEs, IGCSEs or A levels, you can visit websites like to check out your options. There are also a variety of degree-level or vocational training courses available.

By opting for a distance learning programme, you should be able to fit your studies around your
existing schedule, minimising any disruptions to your life and earnings.

Take inspiration from the stars

It does require courage to take the plunge and embark on a new career path, but there are lots of examples to follow. Cartoon legend Walt Disney is one of those who dramatically changed his work. He once held a position at a newspaper, but things didn’t go quite to plan while he was there and he eventually found himself fired from his role. Amazingly, according to his editor, he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas”.

Another celeb to have changed direction is comedian and TV personality Ellen Degeneres. Before making it big on screen, she once worked as a paralegal. She also tried her hand at waitressing and was even an oyster shucker.

Seek some sage advice

Before changing your career, it’s wise to seek advice from people who know what they’re talking about and who can provide you with useful guidance. If you know someone who’s been through a major career change, chat to them. The will probably be happy to share their experiences and they should have some words of wisdom for you to bear in mind. You can also find plenty of information and advice online, and you might benefit from speaking to a professional careers advisor.

The benefits of starting a new chapter

There’s no getting around the fact that starting a new chapter in your career can be a daunting prospect. However, by making the effort to change your working life, you could dramatically increase your job satisfaction and you might find you’re much happier and more fulfilled overall as a result. It’s certainly well worth investigating your options.  

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