When you chose the job you have, you may have thought at the time it was your dream career, or you may just have fallen into it and planned to follow your dreams at a later date.
Regardless of which situation applies to you, you should know that you really don’t have to stay stuck in a job you hate if you really don’t want to. You can give all the reasons you like, such as you’re not qualified, you’re too old, or no one would hire you in that industry, but really, the only thing holding you back is you.
If you decide you want a new job, then you have to at least make the effort and try to get one – otherwise you’ll spend the rest of your life wondering about it.
Not every single job out there will require you to go back to college or university for 5 years to get a degree, and many jobs will actually welcome people with less experience who they can actually train in-house in a way that fits with their company.
Even if you’re not looking for a dramatic career change, but simply just want a new job in the same industry, you can easily start looking today. With a multitude of online job sites and agencies out there, if you put the effort in, you’ll see results from it.
Start by making a list of all the things you’re interested in, and the skills you have, then make a list of your passions and hobbies, and see what kind of patterns are there. For example, do you enjoy working with people and guiding them through the issues they’re having? Are you really great at seeing the bigger picture and identifying where people may be stuck or holding themselves back? If so, you may not be qualified to be a counsellor or therapist, but you could become a life or business coach.
While no formal qualifications are legally required for either of these roles, there are definitely a lot of good certifications out there that can help you improve your skill set and understand the basics of coaching, and actually how to build a business as a coach.
Do you have an interest in law, and are also really good at administrative work, well organised and have great attention to detail?
If so, you could easily consider applying to be a legal secretary for a solicitor company such as Lennons solicitors. This can be a very interesting job to have, the hours are usually 9-5, and the pay can be good, too. So you don’t need a law degree, but you can still have the experience of learning about different legal matters. Even if you wanted to, you could actually do a course online or at a local college to become a certified legal secretary, which doesn’t take that long, and could open up more doors for you.
No matter what stage in life you’re at, you always have choices, and can change your job at anytime.
There has never been a better range of options for development and learning as there is today, so take advantage of that and do something you’ve always wanted to do.