Do you feel like you’re not progressing in your current career? Feeling unfulfilled? Just want a change but worried it is too late? A growing number of Australians are switching tracks and pursuing a change of careers at all ages.
There are lots of reasons why people switch. Many workers switch tracks for better hours, benefits, career mobility, and salaries. Others change careers because they feel bored in their current jobs and want to encounter new challenges. As we age, we evolve and change as individuals and our interests, passions and motivations also change – with that, comes a desire to re-evaluate what we are doing.
Whatever the reason, it is important to consider the decision carefully. What is the source of your dissatisfaction? If it’s your boss, will switching workplaces help with that? Are you looking to change careers totally or simply looking for a different job?
If you don’t have the relevant experience or training for a new career, you may also need to study to attain the qualifications you need. Though this might deter some people from pursuing a change, it’s never too late to start.
Switching at 30
Life truly starts at 30. By the time you hit this milestone, you’ve most likely been working on a certain path for five to ten years. You have a better idea of what you want in life and what stimulates you. You may also be thinking more seriously about putting down roots. Getting a house, getting married, or starting a family may be more concrete items on your agenda.
The challenge at this age is managing your personal life while studying or working. There will be so many things demanding your attention that it can be hard to figure out what to prioritise. The important thing is to lean on your support network. Seek out advice and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Babysitters, nannies, cleaners, whatever you can afford, can make managing your life a lot easier.
If you can’t afford it, don’t be afraid to manage expectations. That means maybe not accepting an extra shift, or not promising to attend an event when you have a competing priority. Don’t hesitate to ask for extensions on work deadlines or course assignments.
By switching careers at this age, you benefit from increased motivation and drive. You’re full of energy to make a change and you’re taking it seriously. Your thirties is the age where you are full of confidence and focus. Get moving!
Switching at 40