Is Your Job Working For You?
Over the years on our way to adulthood we find several new career ideas we might be interested in and in the process take our time weighing and evaluating what the best choice is for us.
Can you remember the first time someone asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up? Probably not, our dream career starts frighteningly young. We spend a remarkably large amount of time dreaming about, planning and pursuing what we want out of life and it starts as soon as we understand the concept of the “job.” As children, we contemplate a dream career almost daily. When the pediatrician makes us feel better, we decide we want to be a doctor, until we discover a fear of blood. On our first trip to a fancy restaurant we decide we want to be a chef, until we find out how hard cooking really is.
Then we start our first job! It’s great at first and then sometimes it’s not. When it’s not what do you do? Do you find a new career? If so, what if you find yourself looking for new career ideas at 40? Regardless of the time in your life, following a new career path can be very stressful. However, take heart you are not alone. Most studies show that the average job seeker changes careers several times over the course of a lifetime.
Here are some helpful hints, should you find yourself in need of a new career ideas.
- Identify what you like. Now that you want to reinvent yourself, take some time to evaluate what it is you like to do.
- Do your research. Once you’ve identified what you like to do, look into the career paths offered in that field.
- Evaluate your current strengths. Just because you want to change fields doesn’t mean your current skills and education aren’t relevant.
- Fill in the blanks. Once you’ve determined what you want to do and what you already have to bring to the challenge, identify what you need to complete the package.
- Pursue applicable training and education needed. If your new career ideas warrants it, look into area educational and training programs that can be of assistance.
- Network. Increase your odds of a successful transition into your new career path by joining professional groups and other networking opportunities.
All of life’s major changes are stressful and frightening. Remember the first step in any process is identifying the issue and identifying the plan. What happens next as you pursue your new career ideas is up to you. Take your time and enjoy the journey.