I watched a recent Youtube video of a speaker encouraging us not to waste our lives in jobs we do not enjoy. At the start of the video I admit to having the following thoughts;
“Here we go again”
“How do you suggest we pay our mortgage if we stop working?”
I was surprised that he actually hit on some home truths and he gave me much food for thought. He did not touch on anything that I did not already know but it was the way in which he presented the information.
Assuming we live to 70 (which I certainly plan on doing as a minimum) we will spend the best part of 50 years working. Mothers will take a year’s maternity leave for each child and possibly some additional years whilst they are aged under five. We spend a lot of “awake” hours at work. Far too many to be doing tasks/projects that we have no interest in. The career we choose should therefore be something we have a passion for or at least care for at the very minimum. We may want to work in a field completely different to what we would have chosen 20 years ago. Life changes, we change. What motivates us today possibly did not motivate us years ago.
The challenge is we can often feel stuck and unable to move for a number of reasons;
1. Family commitment
2. Financial commitment
3. Lack of confidence
4. Lack of skills/experience/qualifications in the field
5. Lack of support from family and friends
6. Fear of the unknown
If you are considering moving to a new career path you will need to weigh up the pros and cons. It is a big change but one you may well need. We can feel tied to our commitments and that our window of opportunity has come and gone. Options exist but sometimes they are not always obvious particularly if we are not open minded or optimistic about our future.
Consider the following;
1. Could it be you need a change of environment?
2. Can you take a drop in salary? If so, how much?
3. Are there any luxuries you can drop in order to fund a course/training?
4. What impact would this change have on your family?
Have you made a recent career change? What gave you the push?
Have you always known which field you wanted to work within?
What advice would you give to others?