Supposedly, it’s when you’re in college or in your 20s when you try our different career paths. By the time you hit your 30s, however, you should know what you want to do so you can advance in your chosen profession.
But some of us reach our 30s and then only realize that we aren’t as fulfilled with our jobs as we first thought. When you wake up every day forcing yourself to get to work, you may find yourself considering a career change.
However, if you talk about this possible career change, it’s likely that many people you know will counsel against it. The truth is that you can change gears—or even the whole vehicle for that matter—even when you’re already in your 30s. If even your closest family and friends say something similar to the following sentiments, here’s how you counter their arguments.
Changing Careers in Your 30s
They will say that you need to accept your lot in life because anything else will just be too unrealistic and impractical. But when people stick to what they know even when they’re unhappy, they’re just basically giving in to their fear of change.
When people tell you that a career change is unrealistic, go do your research about people in your profession who have done a successful career change. It’s very likely that others have also already done what you’re thinking of doing. Read up on what they did to boost your chances and to make it a more “realistic” option.
“You’re Too Old”
So what if you’re too old? People who have retired have found new ways to careers, so why can’t someone half their age do the same. Seriously, you can find many people who have started their new careers in their 30s who have flourished. Skills sets are often transferable, so abilities such as being able to manage your time, writing and speaking skills, and leadership abilities can also work in another industry.
“Who Will Hire Someone Old?”
Again, this is a matter of brushing up your resume and pointing out how the skills you’ve developed over the years are transferable to your new chosen career. At your age, you may also have developed a wide enough network so that you can find people who know you who can recommend you for the companies they work in.
Besides, quite a few hiring managers are partial to older people. They know you’re more responsible than a fresh graduate, and they may be impressed with your courage to switch careers.
You May Have to Start at the Bottom
Again, this is natural. But for many companies who want to take advantage of your advanced skills for leadership and communications, you may be on the fast track for promotions.
You’ve Wasted Your Education
Education is never wasted. The knowledge is always with you. But you don’t have to go back to school for new knowledge in most new careers. If you do need to go back to school, you may find educational programs that work with full-time workers.
In the end, the choice of changing careers is always up to you. Your family and friends may mean well but decide on your own. Once you make the decision to switch, ask for support from your family and friends. If they really care, they’ll be ready to back you up no matter how much they disagree with your decision.