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Taking Up The Challenge Of A New Career

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Taking Up The Challenge Of A New Career

When you are in your teens, you don’t have a clear idea of what you’d like to do with your life. You have vague thoughts about careers or take classes you are interested in without being set on a specific job role. Many people fall into jobs that suit their qualifications or were available at the time they were looking but which they don’t find fulfilling. If you’ve found yourself at a crossroads in your life and you feel dissatisfied with what you’re doing, it’s never too late to retrain and take up the challenge of a new career.

Taking up the Challenge of a New Career 

Training and qualifications

Many jobs people choose as their dream career paths require academic or vocational qualifications.

Healthcare, academia, law, finance, and so on are jobs that require specific qualifications, or if you’re shifting to a trade or creative endeavor, you’ll do much better if you have experience and the appropriate certification. 

Training for a new career will require determination and a genuine interest in the subject because you may have to work while you study.

You’ll need an income to support yourself and the means to pay for your course, so unless you have a substantial nest egg to fall back on, you’ll be working all day and then hitting the books at night.

If you have chosen the right path, this will be a labor of love and something you’re glad to undertake, so it can be a good test of how well-suited you are to the new career.

Becoming involved in your new community

Your chances of success in your new career will improve if you start to make connections and contacts in your chosen field while in training. 

For example, say you want to become an architect. Your first step will be to enroll in a program to get your bachelor of architecture degree

While studying, you can start visiting trade shows, reading professional literature, and joining local and national groups in architecture. 

There will be forums, Facebook groups, and email lists, as well as job boards and career opportunities online that will help you get involved and find work placements.

You can also contact local firms of architects for advice and assistance with your training and career, and you may find you can secure an internship or part-time job while you are studying. 

This will give you the experience you need to make your resume more eye-catching and display your commitment to the role.

Becoming involved in your new community

Changing a career isn’t a spur-of-the-moment decision, as it will dramatically affect your life. You’ll have far less leisure time and put yourself under additional pressure to gain your qualification and find a good job. However, if a career change is correct, it could substantially improve your quality of life and help you find joy in what you do.

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  1. Once you figured out the career that you want to live with for the rest of your life, changing career becomes a decision that you will have to do more than once.

    There's always the temptation to revert to the status quo when the heat comes on.