For a while now, I’ve wanted to offer an audio resource based on changing your career!
I have several reasons really for this. One is that I’ve noticed that I have several FRIENDS who are changing their careers and some drastically too. They are either deciding to finally follow their dreams and looking to make money from a hobby, opening a business, or even thinking about another area of work that they would like to move to! Either way, whatever the situation, I want to applaud them!
I for one have been involved in multiple different areas of work and have never been one to worry about the ‘ifs’, ‘how’s’ and ‘why’s’. I know this can be seen as quite reckless by some, but I would rather try, be passionate and learn about something than not. I’ve learnt so much along the way that the experience alone has been a huge win for me! But, no matter whether you are generally risk adverse or not, it is a huge thing to do and should be commended. Being pushed outside your comfort zone is generally a great think to do. Even if it doesn’t completely work out, you will know so much more than you did beforehand and can move forward with that knowledge to be successful in the next thing. That’s the worst case scenario. Yes, there can be a cost attached to it as well, but without trying you will never know what could have happened.
Now, I’m not saying to be using all of your savings if that’s not 100% what you’re willing to do. You may even feel that making the change is more important than having money tied up elsewhere for you and/or your family. It could help you gain more flexibility in your work/life balance or earn a lot more than before where you were only selling your time in a salaried post. However, if you have no savings, getting yourself into debt can be a huge no, no for some, but for others it would absolutely prove to be the right thing to do as you will know that you HAVE to make things work and give it your best shot, and not give up even more so than without the added pressure and staying in the safe zone. There is no right or wrong path, just what feels right for you.
I know that sometimes us women can become bored having been in stable part time or full jobs which fit in around the kids, or are fed up with the traditional 09.00 to 5pm or being a stay at home mum. Each are great for many people, but increasingly so, I have seen women are prepared to step outside their comfort zones and make a go of a new venture. I for one love to work flexibly around my daughter and am able to motivate myself a lot more when I have my teeth into something which I’m passionate about than not. You can take yourself to University over 25 in the UK without needing A levels etc with ease now, and still gain the financial support to help you through depending on your family income. You can also attend classes in the evening or online. I have completed online courses before which were originally set up in America! We have so much choice and it doesn’t have to break the bank to do something like that. You also don’t have to listen to people who want you to not make your changes either. Not everyone will share your passion and you may even have to lose some people along the way from your life. But, this is your life and you are the one living it. You have to be happy with what you have achieved in your life when you look back, and say ‘yes’ to opportunities if they feel right for you. No one else can or should be able to say ‘no’ on your behalf.
I would say wholeheartedly that if you are thinking of doing something different and making a career change that has been on your mind for a while, go for it! There’s never been a better time than right now, and right here in your life. You may need to do some research or complete a course beforehand, and if so do your research, buy yourself a fantastic passion planner and schedule it all in. Go and talk to whoever you need to and ask any questions. How can I make this work? What do I need to do in order to follow this career path? Do I need to get help with outsourcing help in order to free up some more time to start this? You could also conduct some research based on your ideal customer to find out more information about your business idea if that’s your chosen path. Perhaps speak to similar businesses if there are any and they are willing. Look online as there is so much information out there on different career paths, courses, costs, chat rooms of supportive mums or email me and I could even work with you to make your career path change!
If you are simply looking to get back into work after having time away, look at your CV and make sure it is up to date. Don’t forget that if you have had children you will most likely be adding additional information to it like I am now a multi tasker, am patience, can budget, aware of safety and hygiene, can think on my feet, instil discipline, offer compassion etc and the list goes on!! It is certainly not to be viewed as lost time at all.
Whatever your situation, know that you are not alone. You can always reach out to other fellow women, friends, family members, businesses owners, education institutions, online chat rooms etc to name only a few.
Whatever your journey may be and whatever career change you are contemplating, go and live your best career life and enjoy your time learning whilst doing so!