Few of us make the right career choice the first time around. Is it any wonder?
There are few other occasions when we’re expected to stick with our first choice for the rest of our lives. Given that we make most of our major career decision when we’re in our teens, it makes perfect sense that some of us get things wrong.
But, even when we’re unhappy, we often spend time ruminating on the missed opportunities of our lives, rather than trying to change things.
A lot of the time, that’s because we don’t believe there’s an easy way to a new career. Our time has surely passed, and we’re ready to throw ourselves on the career corpse pile.
But, we’re here to tell you that things aren’t over yet. If there’s a career you would rather be doing, it’s time to get into it.
Know the Right People
As the saying goes, ‘It’s not what you know but who you know.’ Having the right contacts could be the only way in you need.
The right people could offer you a job straight up. And, your contacts make you more appealing to potential employers.
If you have an alternative career in mind, find out who you need to know to make it. Get yourself seen in the right places, and take any opportunity to interact with the big names in the business.
Add them on social media, and promote their content. Oh, and don’t forget to let them see you do it. If your name keeps cropping up, you’ll soon start to make ripples.
And, once you’re making ripples, it’ll be a lot easier to surf into your new career.
Settle For a Job While You Study
Alongside knowing the right names, it can help to have qualifications behind you. Of course, it’s not as easy to study in later life. By now, you have a family, a home, and other financial commitments.
All of which mean you can’t leave your job and plunge yourself into student debt again. Instead, it may be necessary to settle for a job while you study.
To ensure you have time to do both, opt for something like an online MBA. That way, you can make your studies suit you.
If you think you can study and stay in your current career, give it a go. If not, opt for a short-term career option, such as retail. The shift work will help your flexibility, and you can rest easy that you won’t be there for long.
Work for Free
The above points aside, the experience is the best way to any career.
But, it’s sometimes necessary to work for free to gain such experience. None of us like to give away our time, but it’s necessary if you want an easy way in.
See if you could do a part-time internship or even some volunteer work. If you impress the company you choose, they may even want to start paying you down the line.
So what are you doing to save your career? Have you tried any of the options from above or did you do something totally different?
I would love to see how you overcame this challenge and got through this tough time in the comments below.