People often choose their first occupation young, fresh from college, when they still don’t know much about themselves. But now you have much more insight in your own life, and maybe you’ve realized that you’re working from 9 to 5 in a dead end job. Maybe you haven’t achieved the financial stability you’ve been working for. Maybe that’s not a job you can love and be passionate about, or you simply want to do something that will really make a difference in the world.
Whatever your reasons are, the thirties are your best shot at a meaningful career change, and we’ve put together some interesting ideas to help you make the right choice.
How to Embark on This Change
You’ve already raced into a career you thought you’d love, so now resist that urge and plan instead. The first step is to analyze yourself in order to realize what you really want. Knowing who you are and what your values are is essential, but you also need to be aware that your interests need to be backed up by your natural strengths and abilities.
Of course, moving into a new career will inevitably require upgrading those abilities and skills. You will certainly have some transferable skills, but there’s a pretty big chance you’ll have to take additional classes that will supply you with proper direction, education, and training for your first step to your new carrier. Maybe you’ll even consider going back to college. If you’re a person who doesn’t sit through classes very well, consider an adult internship.
Keeping Them Healthy and Fit
Nothing makes a career more fulfilling than making a difference, having an impact on people’s lives. Healthcare always has jobs in supply, and a variety of fields covers many interests. If you love animals, a veterinary technician is a way to go where you’ll comfort and care for ill or injured ones. If you prefer the company of people, become a patient care technician who’ll tend to their needs. Or you can simply focus on one part of their bodies, becoming a dental assistant, for example. Being a medical insurance billing and coding specialist also makes a difference – someone has to take care of analyzing and organizing health insurance forms.
The beauty and wellness industry also offers many opportunities to help people. As a personal trainer, you can help others keep fit and achieve their fitness goals. As a massage therapist, you’ll make them relaxed, take away their stress, and help them recover from painful injuries and illness. Beauty also has a great impact on our well-being, so entering cosmetology as an esthetician or a hairstylist is also an option.
Providing Guidance and Wisdom
In your thirties, you have a certain amount of maturity and experience and you can provide guidance and wisdom to those who need it. There are courses available today which open doors into the mental health industry. These are tailored to those people wanting to make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable children and teenagers, educating them to become a school counselor or a therapist. We know that schools are full of children dealing with personal issues and day-to-day struggles and many adolescents are having a hard time and even struggle with addiction. If you don’t have a degree in counseling or psychology you’ll have to invest some time and resources into obtaining it, but since this is a field where you can work even after the traditional retirement age it’ll be a good investment, especially when you know you’re able to make a dramatic difference in the lives of children.
Getting Down to Business
The world of business is rapidly growing every day, so there’s plenty of room for business-oriented ones. If you’re good with organization and developing strategies, business operations management is the perfect place for you. If you’re a person with a passion for crunching numbers, you’ll be able to fulfill it as a financial analyst. Your love for computers and their puzzles can express itself inside the information technology sector, and choosing a fundraising career will make you be able to bring the ideas of others to life. Being business-oriented you probably already have a background in the same, and every year of your experience will surely be highly valued. You can even use it to track down new talents and make a career out of it.
All people have hobbies – some like painting, others are good at carpentry. Maybe you just love to get your hands greasy under the hood of a car, or you enjoy general repair work around the house. Well, maybe now is the time to turn those hobbies into your profession – all you need to do is to branch out and start your own business. Your first step could be referrals, and you can reach to your community through social media and neighbors. Who knows – maybe there’ll be enough business to even start your own company.
As you can see, midlife career change is just within reach. All you need is some self-assessment and some time and resources to upgrade your skills. You can make a great impact on other’s lives, stay business-oriented, or simply invest all your time in something that was once just a hobby.