Recent research has found 91% of those born between 1980 and 2000 expect to stay in their career for less than three years. This could mean over 15-20 different careers over a lifetime. It also means that, if you are approaching or in your 30s now, you may be reconsidering your career options.
Perhaps you’ve suddenly realised that the career you have isn’t right for you; or you’ve had a creeping realisation that the career choices you made in your teens might not reflect the person you are now.
So, if you are considering a career change in your 30s, there are some factors that you may need to think about.
Have you done your research?
You’ve worked hard at your career for the last 10+ years, so don’t give that up on a whim. Think hard about what career, or careers, you would like to go into and if they suit your personality and skill set. It might be worth visiting a careers advisor to get the most out of the experience – they can provide you with an objective view of your strengths, weaknesses and circumstances and what careers are available to suit you.
Can you afford it?
You may already have a partner and children, and these will be important factors when considering your career plan. You will certainly have financial commitments you need to think about before deciding on a career change.
Whether it is a mortgage, rent, loans or a car to run, before you take the first step on your career change plan you need to ensure that your commitments are covered and you can face the uncertainty that a career change can bring.
One of the most efficient ways to get ahead is to network. Discussing your ideas for your new career or business venture with others is a great way to research your ideas, see what has worked and what hasn’t in the past, and to find contacts within your career who can help you. It may seem a scary prospect, but some of the best support for your career can come from your existing network and who they, in turn, are connected to.
If you’re thinking about a career change in your thirties, Career Analysts’ Career Change for 30+ programme is specifically designed to help people who have been working in a career for a number of years and are looking for a new career path. Contact us today to find out more.