Whatever your reason for changing jobs, it’s never too late for a career u-turn and some people have been known to do it in their 30’s, 40’s and even 50’s! Whether it’s a better salary you are after, or if it feels like you are stagnating in your current job, taking the plunge into something new can be a life-enhancing experience.
In fact, because a ‘job for life’ is definitely a thing of the past, actually changing your profession is becoming increasingly commonplace. Right now the working landscape is being drastically altered – which is without question a huge impetus for personal change. Whether out of necessity or simply because you are craving something better, planning a work overhaul stands to be an exciting chapter in your working life.
Here at Ramsgate Rooms we know how important it is to enjoy your work, especially as you probably spend more hours at work than you do spending time with our loved ones! With that in mind, life-long learning can be a great way to improve your prospects or simply gain more fulfilment from your career. Sometimes you come to realise that what you are doing is no longer a challenge or not as meaningful as it used to be. Essentially, whatever kind of career you hope to pursue, it is vital to do the research and find out if you can reach your career goals through an apprenticeship, or if you need study at university or college.
If you’ve previously attained A-levels or BTEC’s and achieved good grades, why not consider a university degree. These can be undertaken full or part-time and many students continue to live at home for the duration of their studies to save on costs. UCAS is a great place to start, so that you can find out which direction to take, and in particular identify the professions that different courses can lead to. Student loans are readily available too, and utilised wisely make for a good investment.
If giving up your current job in order to return to education seems like a bridge too far, consider the Open University so that you can continue working while you study for your degree. If you’ve ever been to an OU graduation ceremony you will know that students of all ages will be going up on stage to collect their well-earned diplomas.
If earning while you learn is better for you, then apprenticeships can be a great option. While there is no official upper age limit for doing one, most are targeted at ages 16-24 but don’t let that put you off if you are older! There are different levels of apprenticeship too, so it is easy to find something that suits your circumstances. It can be a great route for career change if academia is not for you, and all manner of industries tend to have vacancies.
Alternatively, if you feel like you are treading water and getting nowhere in your current role, it can be worthwhile speaking to your employers about internal career development opportunities. They may advise you what direction your ‘continuing professional development’ – or cpd for short – might need to take in order for you to climb up to the next rung. Additionally, managers are often on the lookout for ambitious, hardworking members of staff who could fit the bill when a new position comes up.
Whichever new path you decide to follow, whether it’s academic, vocational or practical, improving your prospects will pay off. As long as you keep well-informed and are prepared to take some calculated risks, retraining or developing existing skills can give you a valuable and rewarding employment boost. Good luck!