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Taking Up The Challenge Of A New Career

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Taking Up The Challenge Of A New Career

It’s often the case that when you are in your teens, you don’t have a clear idea of what you’d like to do with your life. You might have some vague thoughts about various careers, or take classes that you have an interest 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, or inspiration has suddenly struck, and you know what you’d like to do, it’s never too late to retrain and move careers.

Taking up the Challenge of a New Career 

Training and qualifications

Many of the jobs that 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 well have to carry on working while you study.

You’ll need an income to support yourself, as well as 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

Becoming involved in your new community

Your chances of success in your new career will be improved if you start to make connections and contacts in your chosen field while you are 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 you’re studying, you can start visiting trade shows, reading the professional literature and joining local and national groups in the field of 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.

Changing career isn’t a spur of the moment decision, as it will affect your life quite dramatically. You’ll have far less leisure time, and you’ll be putting yourself under additional pressure to gain your qualification and find a good job. However, if a career change is right for you, it could make a substantial difference to your quality of life and future happiness.

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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.