When is it too Late to Change Career?

When is it too Late to Change Career?

richard_mcmunn_entrepreneurIn today’s competitive job market it has become more important than ever to be flexible and adaptable in order to maintain progress along a career path. Sometimes, this is not enough though, and through one reason or another, a change in career may be needed. For people who have spent ten, twenty or even more years in a certain field, this may present many challenges and a great deal of uncertainty. The longer that one has been in a certain field, the harder it may seem to change. So, when is it too late to change career?

The short answer to this is that it is never too late, but it is certainly easier at some points than others. Many people, for example, find that when they reach their mid-thirties they start contemplating a career change. The reason for this, is at this point in life, they may have already achieved what they want out of a job, but are faced with another thirty years of the same. Another group of people that may be faced with trying to change career are those that have been made redundant in their forties, fifties or even sixties. The need to change career is perhaps in these cases the only way to gain employment once more.

Whatever the reason may be a change in career is very likely to require retraining or additional education to one degree or another. The commitment required to do this should not be underestimated, especially for those people still in their current jobs which they balance with a busy family life. It will take time, and of course money, to undergo this education or training, and it should be considered as an investment in personal skills and future income. It will also require an additional amount of time and energy to pursue these new goals.

If further education is needed then it is also a good idea to think about the best way to go about this. Open University courses provide the opportunity to study in your spare time, attending only a few set classes a year or none at all. The main drawback here is that these courses often take longer to complete than regular college or university courses. If attending a university or college is required, then there are other things to be taken into account. One of these is very likely to be how the mortgage will get paid, or how will the current standard of living be maintained. These are decisions not to be made lightly, but for every problem there is always a solution of some sort. 

The important thing to remember is that a career change should be made for the right reasons. Whether it is for more money, better prospects, more leisure time or less stress, moving from one career to another should result in being happier and more satisfied than one was before. It is never too late to change a career, and many people have changed careers more than once during their lives by either decision, circumstance, or quite often both.