There is a long-standing societal norm in this country that you have to essentially figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life at the young age of 18. High school seniors are often encouraged and sometimes even pressured to identify what field of study they want to enter into at college and thus what sort of career path they want to follow for potentially many years to come.
While not impossible, and many people do in fact successfully get things started in the right direction at such a young age, more people than you likely realize actually end up changing their career paths entirely at some point or another. For every person who knew that they wanted to be a doctor at the age of seven, there is another who decided on sports broadcasting in college only to find themselves working as a teacher once they graduated.
If you are like the latter, it is important to understand that there is nothing wrong with changing your career path once you have learned more about your professional skills and passion in life. With these few tips, you can successfully change your career path in order to do the thing that you were best suited for all along.
Go Back to School
The aspect of having a career change after 30 that intimidates most people looking to switch gears is that of needing to go back to school. If you have discovered a different career path for yourself that requires additional education, you have nothing to lose by going back to school for a little while.
The truth of the matter is that you most likely don’t have to enroll full-time in school on a college campus for four years in order to get the degree that you need. If you already hold an undergraduate degree, you have probably already completed some of the courses that you need to earn a new degree. You can also complete most types of degrees online for maximum convenience and affordability.
Don’t Be Afraid of Taking a “Step Back”
Another reason why too many people feel as though they can’t change their careers later on down the line is that it often means going back to an entry-level position. You might be told that this is a “step back” or the sort of thing that is beneath you professionally. However, it is important to have the right perspective when it comes to such things.
The fact of the matter is that when you are changing careers, going into an entry-level job isn’t a step back. It is a step forward into a new career. Moreover, if you already have several years of experience working in a different field, you will still have a leg up in that you know how to conduct yourself in a professional setting.
It won’t be long before you acquire the experience you need and are able to move along in your new field.
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