How to Pursue a New Career as a New Dad


Becoming a father can be an eye-opening experience for a lot of guys. It’s an opportunity to take stock of your life and figure out what you really want to do. What kind of role model do you want to be for your child? What sort of lifestyle do you want to be able to give your little one as he or she grows up?

You may decide that the best way to give your children the kind of live they deserve, is to look into a new career path. After all, most of us get into a rut with our career that can make it difficult to achieve our full potential. We know that we can do more, but we get stuck in something that feels comfortable instead.

As a father, you might decide that it’s time to shake things up, and start looking for a role that you can be truly passionate about, so how do you get started?

Explore Your Interests

The easiest way to end up in a job you love, is to start by looking at what you enjoy.

Think about the skills that you already have and the interests that you’d like to build on. For instance, if you love spending time on your computer, you might decide that it’s a good idea to start looking into things like coding and web development.

The digital world is a very lucrative one for professionals right now. If you can build your knowledge in this space, you could become an app developer or even a games creator.

If you like things like carpentry or engineering, you could look into developing a small business and becoming self—employed. The options are endless.

Work on Expanding Your Skills

Once you have an idea of what you want to do, you’ll need to start finding out what kind of experience and skills you need to reach your goals.

The chances are that you might need to update your education with a degree or certification. Depending on your background, you can take out student loans with a private lender to pay for your new education. You can do this without taking on a co-signer in many cases.

As well as developing your knowledge in school, look for ways that you can learn more about the industry you’re getting involved in. You can join groups on Facebook and LinkedIn to connect with other professionals. Alternatively, try reaching out to people who already work in the business that you’d like to be a part of.

Ask them how they got to where they are today.

Look for Opportunities

Finally, once you’ve got the right qualifications, look for opportunities to start pursuing the kind of career you want.

You could consider volunteering for a business that concentrates on the niche you’re interested in or try to take on a part-time job alongside your regular work.

A lot of modern businesses take on freelance employees that can work with them on small projects. The more experience you build in your space, the easier it will be to make your resume stand out when the job of your dreams comes along.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a 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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