Whether you are in your 20s, 30s or even 40s, you probably at one point in your life questioned the career path you chose and wondered if it was the right one for you. Some may even know that their career isn’t the best fit. Unfortunately, many people remain unhappy in their jobs for fear of switching career paths and not finding success, among other concerns. Many people however, have changed careers when they were well into their 30s, and have succeeded in doing what they love. Before Ellen Degeneres was an Emmy Award-winning talk show host, she worked as a paralegal and an oyster shucker. Julia Child, famous for her French cuisine and cooking show, worked as a CIA intelligence officer until the age of 36. Harrison Ford even gave up acting after his role in American Graffiti for a more financially stable job as a carpenter. He was eventually convinced back into Hollywood by George Lucas when he cast him in Star Wars.
Changing your career doesn’t necessarily have to be a drastic change. You may work in a store that sells cosmetics but realize that your true passion is helping people with their hair and make-up. Or perhaps you are a restaurant server that really wants to work behind the line in the kitchen. In either scenario, you realize that your current and desired career paths have some similar skills that you can transfer from one position to the next. In many cases, switching into a completely different career field can give you an entirely different perspective on the world that your colleagues may not have, thus making you an asset to your new company.
Another reason people fear changing their career paths lies in the job they will find. You might be thinking, “I’m barely making ends meet now…if I switch into an entry level job in a new field, I’ll have to take a massive pay cut,” or “I have zero experience in this field. How will I even get an entry level job?” Now this scenario changes from job to job, but when it comes down to it, wouldn’t you rather love what you do? Battling those speed bumps along the way will make your desired or dream career much more gratifying and fulfilling in the end. Sure, you may have to go back to school to receive proper training, or take a pay cut to get a job that will give you the experience you need to move up in the field, but the sole fact that you are doing something you actually want to do will make this all worth it in the end.
If you find yourself in this position, just remember, it is never too late to change your career. Whether you have just graduated from school and are not thrilled with the course of study you originally picked, or you are just looking to make a change in your life, you should never settle for doing something you don’t absolutely love.
Technical training schools, such as Dorsey Schools, offer programs in many different fields with schedules that can fit your life. Whether you want to tackle career-training during the day or in the evening, you will have the opportunity to receive the schooling you need to start a new career down a different path. If you are unhappy with your current position and have always wanted to pursue a career in healthcare, hospitality, culinary arts, cosmetology, or in a skilled trade, you should consider one of the many programs at Dorsey Schools. Remember, it’s never too late to make the switch, and Dorsey can help you along the way!
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