If you, like many working Americans, are unhappy with your career path or find yourself wanting more than what your current job and workload allows you to have, it is never too late to change careers. Here are some steps you can take to get started.
Identify Changes You’d Like to Make
Try to get a good understanding of what parts of your job you are unhappy with, and the specific areas of your life in which you would like to see a change. If you are unhappy with the hours you work or the amount of time you are spending sitting in an office, you might consider an opportunity that would allow you to work remotely or even travel. If you are unhappy with the lack of socializing among coworkers, you might consider working in an environment where you are encouraged to be social due to the collaborative nature of your job. If you are simply unhappy with the work itself that you are doing, try to think about things you do enjoy, and ask yourself if there is a way for you to turn them into a career.
Use Your Experience
Understand that although you may not be happy with your career path, your experience within your field has provided you with valuable skills that you can bring to job interviews and into your new line of work. Even if you find yourself doing a completely different type of work in the future, your current position and previous time spent in the workplace have given you valuable experiences that can be applied to your future career.
If a lack of necessary education is stopping you from pursuing a career in your dream field, you might look into your options a bit further. Many fields that seem unobtainable to enter without a proper degree can actually be approached with shorter education courses or specific training; both would be worth it if they would ultimately allow you to work in the field you are passionate about. For example, if you have always wanted to work in healthcare, it’s true that you cannot become a doctor without a bachelor’s degree and the completion of medical school; you could, however, look into becoming a paramedic or medical transcriptionist, which both require 1-3 years of education and specialized training, and allow you to work alongside doctors and health professionals. Companies like Provider’s Choice allow physicians to partner with top medical scribes who work alongside health care providers, improving patients’ quality of care.
Making a career change can be scary, and you might find yourself filled with doubt and seeking to return to the comfort of your previous job along the way. In order to make a career change that will stick and benefit you personally and financially moving forward, it is necessary to 100% commit to making the change. Keeping track of specific goals, like a time frame in which you would like to complete necessary education or training or a general time frame in which you would like to be employed, can help you be successful and keep moving forward.