Thinking about a career change but don’t know where to start? Like many others, you may be worried about the financial implications of changing your career, the need to train for a new career or the lack of a comprehensive strategy to get you where you need to be in your career.
By the time you’ve reached your 30’s and beyond, you may have established a successful career, but lifestyle and career priorities change as you get older. Your career may feel stale or boring, it might no longer fit into your family life or fail to fulfil your values and interests.
If your career doesn’t motivate you or reflect your ambitions and needs, is it time for a career change? It’s never too late to re-evaluate who you are, what drives you and how a career change can help you accomplish your career dreams.
Author, business coach and speaker Pamela Slim is the creator of the “side hustle”. The premise of this is that, in order to facilitate your change in career direction, you needn’t stop everything and start again. Using your time appropriately to begin a new career in your spare time could be the answer to building up the experience and financial security you need before you make the bigger career changes.
This approach can be seen as realistic, or even pessimistic, but with a bit of careful thought and action, you too could be on your way to a more fulfilling career direction without immediately giving up the career you already have.
As long as you have a passion for your second career, you will be motivated to find the time and energy to start building your new career while holding down your existing day job. Freelance activities like writing, photography, cooking, childcare, design, gardening, personal training and other second careers could all fit around your present career. It will bring in some extra money to start you off.
With this second career you can begin moving to a portfolio career model in which you will control your own time and income to better suit the lifestyle you want now.