Never Too Late to Chase Your Dreams

Contributed post by Samantha Garbett

You might find yourself in an office job now looking through scores of spreadsheet tabs and files, working out why your pivot is broken.

If this is what you imagined your life to be when you were seven years old, well lucky you then, you are living the dream. However, for most of us, being hunched over staring at the screen is probably the last thing we imagined doing when we were all grown up.

Fear not, it’s not too late.

For those who are less of the dramatic changes and more for incremental changes, there is the career tweak.

There are plenty of online resources that will help you on your way to get your career moving. It could be something that changes your job up and opens the door to new opportunities.

For example, if you are a law enforcement professional, you can get a degree for cops. Getting a BA or MA will ensure you won’t get passed over for the next promotion.

It is wise to assess where your industry is heading and ensure you have the right knowledge and qualifications for it.

Sometimes, a simple switch up in your own industry is not enough, and you need a more dramatic change. Here are some examples of a career restart and the chance to start living the dream.

Pass on your knowledge to a new generation and become a teacher

Maybe you have always toyed with the idea to become an education professional. If you have a passion for seeing young people grow and can transfer your wisdom, your age doesn’t really matter.

Teachers tend to work long hours, especially outside school hours on preparation and marking work, but if you love what you do, that might be not much of an issue.

Teaching is a great profession and, in some sense, a way of giving back.

Be the next Stan Lee

The legendary comic-book writer created his first hit comic, “The Fantastic Four”, at the tender age of 38.

It’s time to dust off those doodles you created during boring office meetings to see if you have the next Spiderman in there. With a bit of luck, you will be making cameos in your own comic-book universe!

Become a professional ice hockey player

The oldest player in the NHL was Gordie Howe, who played when he was 52 years old.

If you fancy yourself an ice hockey prodigy at your age, you might want to find out where the scouts are and show them the goods. Sure, it’s a long shot, but maybe you will get lucky, and a team will have open tryouts.

Become an astronaut

There is no age restriction to join the NASA Astronaut Corps. Candidates have been ranged between 26 and 46-year-old.

The average age is around 34. The only limitation for this is that you must be a U.S. citizen. Being educated to a university degree and being in great physical shape doesn’t hurt either.

Do I hear anyone saying ‘Space Cowboys’ (2000)?

 

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