You’ve probably heard that it’s never too late to change career. This is very true. Many people now change jobs late in life, start a business after retirement or take on a new challenge in their later years. But, your 30’s can be an odd time. While it’s undoubtedly true that if you are a 30 something, it’s not too late to do anything, it can be tricky. You may have spent a fortune and worked for years to get a fantastic job, and you can easily feel trapped in it. It might not be what you expected, but if you’ve only qualified in the last ten years, it seems too soon to give up on something you dreamed of or worked so hard for.
There’s also the financial element to consider. When you are nearing retirement, you will have hopefully already paid off your mortgage and any debts and built up some savings. This financial stability helps if you want to give up your job and start from scratch. In your 30’s you can have student debts to pay, huge credit card bills, and a mortgage to pay off. You may even still be renting. You might also have young children to support. You simply can’t just give up on a good, well-paid job and start again.
But, that doesn’t mean you need to be stuck in a career if you are unhappy. Here’s how to change career in your 30’s.
Think About What You Want
If you are aiming to change career in your 30’s it’s important to take your time and think about what it is you want to do. You don’t want to end up spending your life moving between unhappy jobs. Think about your family’s needs, how much you want to work and what really excites you. Then, have a look at the qualifications or experience you need to get started.
If you do need qualifications or higher education, going back to school can be tough. Especially if you can’t afford to give up work or have a family to look after. One of my friends is going to start studying a Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST) graduate degree at USC Dornsife (Click here if you’d like to find out more about this course) soon, and he’s in his 30’s so it can definitely be done. Studying online however can offer a perfect solution. Study around your other commitments, in your own time. It’s also worth noting that online study can be cheaper and you may be eligible for financial aid.
Start-Up on Your Own
Starting your own business is an excellent idea. The internet has allowed many more people to try and make something for themselves, and there’s no reason you can’t do the same. All you need is an idea. Something that other people will pay for. This can be anything from dog walking to catering. Think about what you are good at.
The beauty of starting on your own is that you can take your time. You don’t have to give up your job straight away. You can spend time setting up in your free time. Taking on some freelance clients to build a reputation, or selling your products on eBay or Amazon. If you are wondering how to start, we have linked this Gary Vaynerchuk video to help you.
Then, steadily grow until you are quitting your day job and reading all about employment laws at www.elliswhittam.com before hiring your own staff. Changing career can be intimidating, but it’s by no means impossible if it’s what you want.