Shifting Your Life Path: A Career Change at 30


People sometimes feel burned out at their job. It often gets bad enough that they consider changing their career. However, for some people, this goes beyond just thinking about it and going ahead and doing it. It is a bold decision, and people often change careers early in their life. But changing it in your 30s sounds risky. Fortunately, it isn’t as hard as it sounds. Here are some tips on how to make it possible.

Examine Your Decision

The first thing you have to do is look at your feelings about changing careers. Don’t make it overnight. You have to be sure that it is what you want. For example, it is a good idea to ask some questions about your dissatisfaction with your job. Determine whether it is a temporary feeling or really something serious.

The best way to do this is by taking a break. After a vacation, you will get a fresh perspective on the job that you have. Most of the time, people feel refreshed and ready to pick up their duties again. However, if you still feel burned out and everything is not as exciting anymore, you need a career change.

Do Some Soul-searching

Knowing that you need a change is the first step. Next, you’ll have to do some soul-searching. For one, you need to know why exactly you areburning out. The most basic reason is boredom, while others are more disappointed because of the salary or the work environment. When you realize what is making you tired of your current career, it is time to look for an alternative.

Looking for another career path is mainly about what satisfies all of your needs as a person and an employee. For example, some people move from technical careers like engineering to more social ones like therapy or business consulting. Maybe you’ve had a long-ago dream of becoming a pilot or something similar. Your aim is fulfillment, which should be what you should focus on.

Start Researching

Once you have chosen a future career, you need to do some research. You likely have some basics about it since you have some interest in it. But if you want to make it a career, then you need to look into it in an in-depth manner. For example, if you decide to become a restaurant owner, you’ll have to research how they run their business, what skills are needed, and other necessary things. It might surprise you that you havetransferable skillsfrom your old career to your new one. This should help you learn all you need to know for the next step.

Make Plans and Prepare

With all your research done, it is time to make plans and start preparations for your career change. Several things will make things easier for you. For one, you need to have a financial plan for your move to another job. Depending on the circumstances, you might have a few months when money is tight. You need to save up and have funds ready for that time.

Besides that, your plans should also cover how you will learn the necessary skills for your new career. It should allow you to keep on working at your current job but also allow you to study. For example, signing up for anonline accountingcourse at an online college is a good option. It gives you freedom since you don’t have to attend a normal class. But it still needs proper time management since online courses still require you to pass tests and read the material.

Additionally, you should network for your new career. A lot of jobs are easier if you know people in the industry. If you want to break into a new field, it is a good idea to reach out to experts and mentors so that you can have some help when you are starting.

Stick with It

The important thing is that, once you make the change, you stay with your new career path. Try it out for several years to get the whole experience. This allows you to learn and develop in the field. Even if you go back to your old career path, then you shall be better than you were before. You could also come to love your new career after the initial growing pains.

A career change will affect your life greatly. Giving up on something you are likely good at to experience something new is a major decision. But it does open up new doors for you and the potential for growth. With the tips above, you can be sure that your next career will be a good one.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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