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The age assessment: Why you’re never too old to switch career paths

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An average working adult spends 37 hours a week in the office, another 4-6 hours working from home and a further 4-6 hours thinking and worrying about work. You don’t need to be a math genius to realise that work consumes our lives. With this in mind, it’s easy to see why we should engage in a career that syncs with our passions and interests so that we can enjoy the endless hours we spend earning our salaries. Research also suggests that confidence increases with age so there’s no better time to switch your career path than now. Continue reading to find out why you’re never too old to chase your dream and make the transition to a happier lifestyle.

It’s easier than you think

With so many free online tools and advice services it’s never been easier to start the transition. The best place to start is with a job search site. You can play about with different key word searches and locations to get a clear picture of what the climate looks like in your area and beyond. You may also learn about emerging industries and contemporary roles that are non commonplace. Job search sites also give you information about relevant courses that can help kick start your new career and send job notifications so you’ll be alerted as soon as your ideal job advert is posted. Taking advantage of these free features will give you a nudge in the right direction when it comes to applications.

The benefits are endless

Job satisfaction and an improved work life balance are the most obvious benefits of making the change. But what if I told you that switching paths can have a positive impact on so much more. When you become stuck in a rut and you’re miserable at work it can significantly affect your mental health. People report that they have felt powerless, depressed and stressed at the thought of going to work which, in turn, impacts on their home life. Relationships can become strained and your physical health damaged. The best way to prevent this vicious cycle taking hold of your life is to switch your career path and take a step towards a happier and healthier life.

Potential challenges

Identifying potential challenges before you start your journey is important. By considering some barriers that you may face you’ll be able to plan for and overcome them. The first consideration to make is your current responsibilities. The likelihood is that you have many more responsibilities now than when you’d just finished studying. Mortgages, dependants and healthcare are a part of your life that need to be put first, and this may impact your decision to change career. It doesn’t mean that it’s not possible it just may take a little longer to achieve. For example, you may need to spend some time saving money before you switch or wait until your child has finished their grade at school so you can move closer to work. Nothing is impossible, it just takes careful planning and execution.

Make an informed decision

As well as gathering information about educational requirements and roles and responsibilities it’s important to consider the economic outlook for the sector and average salaries. Making the switch to a more satisfying career is essential if you’re unhappy in your current job but you also need to be realistic. Review all the information you have and decide what decision is most suitable for you and your family.

Summary

When it comes to switching careers you need to make use of the free tools on offer, gather as much information as possible and plan. By doing this you’ll be able to make the change with certainty and confidence whilst enjoying your new, happier lifestyle.

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