How to Successfully Make A Late Career Change

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question imageGuest post by Helen Sabell. Helen Sabell works for the College for Adult Learning, she is passionate about adult learning. She has developed and authored many workplace leadership programs, both in Australia and overseas

In need of a career change but too scared to take the plunge? In simple steps, you can successfully make that late career switch up you’ve been thinking about. Despite the risks, it’s a decision that could land you your dream job.

This will outweigh any of the negatives for most established professionals and could give you the reinvigoration you need. Read on to learn what it takes and how you can make the transition as smooth as possible.

Get Clear on the What & Why

The first place to start is to question whether you are in genuine need of a career change. Consider if it is just a bad week or a really bad job. Give yourself plenty of time to think about the change in order to get to the root of the problem. Why do you want this change? Why do you think it will make your life better? You should have an idea of what career you’d like to switch to and your current capacity to achieve this.

Upskilling is a great way to increase your human capital. Adult education courses are tailored to established professionals and will allow you to gain the right skills for the right job.

Build Your Skills

The next step is to enhance your education to get back on track for a new career pathway. Learning can be intimidating, as you will need to study new skills at an older age.

Fortunately, the rise of adult education courses can provide you with a diverse learning environment. Many mature students will choose to upskill in courses such as project management, in which you can learn project management online to launch yourself into a new position rather than a new industry.

Build your skills with support from industry experts and like-minded individuals. Online courses will also allow you to maintain your lifestyle balance as you juggle family commitments and the demands of a career change.

Networking is Key

Get to know the people who you think will lift your career or provide you new opportunities. The more professionals you talk to, the better feel you’ll have for the current industry. Once you have a good understanding of what lies ahead, you can be confident in your decision.

Remember, you have nothing to lose by talking to different people. This can only increase the chance of you stumbling across job openings that aren’t advertised or interview opportunities without the need for a formal application.

Action Plan

Keep your end goal firmly in mind, this will help you to set out your goal and create a realistic timeline to realise this. You can then begin to break down the pathway step by step, into achievable milestones that you can check off.

An action plan will keep you on the right track as you navigate this important change. A milestone could include meeting a new person, gaining a qualification or particular skill, lifestyle changes or projects to wrap up your current job.

Your Choice is the Right Choice

Society is guilty of making people believe that their dream career can only be limited to one job. This is a modern misconception without proof, that you should not feel, you need to follow.

Instead, understand that you are free to change your mind often. Committing to one career for your entire working life is not acceptable for many of us, whose interests and position will change year on year. Different offices will have different environments and opportunities so try not to base your perceptions on one single experience when determining your next dream job.

Follow Your Success

Remember to give yourself more credit and track the efforts you have made. Monitor the steps you have taken and what degree of success has been achieved to remind yourself of the journey. An organised career transition will be easier to facilitate and adjust to.

Put your best foot forward by ultimately having faith in your strengths and building on your weaknesses. A new career will give you the opportunity to accelerate your skills and take your innovative thinking to a whole new level.

Making a late career change is not a decision that should be taken lightly. However, with the right preparation, understanding and determination, none of the risks will outweigh the end goal; landing your dream career.