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Why It Is Never Too Late to Change Your Career

Have you ever felt the need to look for a new job but worried that it was too late for you to do it now?

I guess that this sort of thing happens to many of us at one point or another. After all, we all get into some sort of comfort zone when we are in a position to earn the money to pay our bills and live comfortably. It would be kind of silly to throw away all that stability just because you hate your job and want to kill your boss on a daily basis, wouldn’t it?

Thankfully, there are some very good reasons why you should believe that it is never too late to change your career.

You Don’t Want to Live with Regrets

You don’t want to look back on your career with regrets later on, do you? Every year that you let slip away while you procrastinate means that you are going to feel even more reluctant to make a change in the future. None of us want to live with regrets but sometimes it can be easy to let this kind of thing sneak up on you. Instead of letting this happen you should consider what it is you always wanted to do. Is there a dream job you have always wanted but never got the chance to try out for one reason or another? The bad news is that there will never be a perfect moment to make the switch. However, the good news is that you can still go for it and move to a new career. Whatever is holding you back from switching careers in unlikely to be an insurmountable problem, is it?

You Can Make It Work

Moving to a new career can be a seamless financial experience in some cases but in other situations it might be a bit trickier. For instance, what if your new job involves a lower salary or more travelling expenses? I once decided to move to a lower paid job and I felt a bit silly doing it. Everyone I know asked me about the new job and no-one could believe that I was taking on a new job for less money. It is normal to think that people switch careers purely for financial reasons but that doesn’t have to be the case. If your job is boring you or driving you crazy then these are equally valid reasons for finding a new one. Sure, it might make your monthly budgeting tougher but wouldn’t you rather be happy and fulfilled than miserable because of your work? If you are currently thinking of toughing it out until you retire then you need to be honest and ask yourself whether you are capable of holding on so long in the your current role without getting miserable about it.

Your Ideal Job Could Be Out There Waiting For You

Finding the ideal job is tough and you might not get it right first time. I have worked in – gulp! – 9 different jobs before now and it is only now that I feel that I have found something which suits my personality.  If you don’t keep trying then you will never know what your ideal job is. Even if you have been working for a number of years there is no reason to think that you can’t switch to something different now.  If you find a job you prefer to your current one then you are sure to be happier with life in general, which is a very good reason for not giving up and settling for what you have already got.

Do you know of anyone who made a career change work for them when others might have thought that it was too late to look for a new job?

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12 Responses to Why It Is Never Too Late to Change Your Career

  1. I feel like career changes, even among the older population, are increasingly more common these days.

  2. Thanks for sharing this reminder. I think for most of us, there are lots of jobs we could enjoy doing. There’s no reason to stay in a job you dislike, especially when you’re young.

    • Robert Bell says:

      That’s so true CS. I spent far too long in a job I hated once and looking back now I realise that there are hundreds of other things I could have done instead

  3. Mark Ross says:

    I think for a person to change their career is pretty normal. Some of us may get bored on what we normally do easily that choosing a new career path is necessary for them.

    • Robert Bell says:

      That was always my problem Mark. Once I understand what a job is all about the road to getting bored has already begun

  4. Krista says:

    I think a good side note to this conversation is the education that accompanies a career. While I think switching jobs or careers is wonderful, especially when you’re trying to figure out where you fit best in the world, it’s important to not jump to the conclusion that you need a degree first! Wait and test the waters in the field you’re looking into and then if it clicks and you still feel you need or would benefit from a degree then go for it.

    • Robert Bell says:

      That makes sense Krista. I have never seen much sense in spending a lot of time and money in learning about something you might not even end up liking all that much

  5. SavvyJames says:

    I believe job, and career changes, are much more common and expected in this new economy. Unfortunately, most companies see most employees as disposable. It is wise for people to anticipate that their services may no longer be needed at a given employer, or in a given industry, and prepare themselves according by developing multiple skill sets and maintaining a strong network.

  6. I would hate to be locked into a career for my entire (working) life that I hated. you only live once so you might as well be doing something you love. I consider myself lucky that I figured out at a young age that I wanted to be a software engineer. 18 years and still going….I know that one of the comments above you say the days of a job for life are long gone…but (at least this moment), I hope to be a software engineer until I retire. :)

    • Robert Bell says:

      Thankfully more people seem to think like this these days Brock. A lot of the older generation seem to have the mentality of sticking with one job but younger people appear to be more open about changing careers

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