How many of your friends went to college, received their bachelors degree, and end up in a dead end job? Or the career they were once in is no longer needed in today’s market? If someone would have to guess, they would say a great number of the readers either is that person or knows that person!
A job and career are two very different things. A job can be considered as something that is providing a means of income and nothing more. A job doesn’t motivate you to want to learn more about the industry or the profession, and at times it doesn’t even motivate you enough to want to get out the bed.
However, a career is totally different; a career motivates you to want to educate yourself in the field, work harder, and sometimes even longer hours, without someone requiring it!
The best way to identify what your career choice should be is to ask two questions: “What would I do every day for the rest of my life?” “If I was given the opportunity to do that one thing, would I do it for free?” It’s very rare for anyone to work for free these days; however if you are willing to do that particular thing not for financial gain, but because you have passion for it, you’ve possibly found your career.
Let’s be honest, the job market has drastically changed from the 80’s and 90’s. Jason Jones, from CNN wrote an article titled “Many jobs are gone forever: What now?” How true is this statement? Many professions that were once needed are no longer a necessity in today organizations, due to outsourcing, streamlining processes, technology, or having employees wear multiple hats.
Deciding to do a mid-life career change is not as easy as finding your first career, there will be additional steps that will have to be taken. You might have to possibly go back to school to obtain an additional degree, revamp your resume to include “transferrable skills”, take an entry-level position, take a salary cut, or take an intern to gain exposure and experience.
Doing a mid-life career change will not be easy, but it will be worth it in the end! No one wants to wake up every morning, eat their breakfast, kiss their spouse good-bye, drop the kids off at daycare or school, and go to a job they dislike for eight hours or more. Everyone owes it to themselves to have fulfillment in their personal lives, this includes our careers.
No matter how long you have been in the workforce, it’s never too late to get on the path to finding a career or doing a mid-career change; start the New Year off with a determination to find your career!