Once you are established in your field, it can be difficult to make the transition into a second career. However, many people find it is the smartest move they ever made. There are several advantages to career re-training, but the transition takes time, money and effort. If you’re taking this step, start planning as soon as possible. No matter where you are in your work life, consider the benefits below and decide career re-training makes sense for you after all.
You can expand your options
Starting a second career is never as tempting as when you’ve just been laid off. Forced to make a fresh start, you have spare time—whether you like it or not—to do research, get training and find a new job. By considering a new path, you open the door to many more opportunities. You also can bring a unique perspective to a job interview.
You work in a competitive field
Unfortunately, in some fields, experience isn’t valued as much as youthful energy, and some industries simply aren’t hiring. If you work in a highly competitive industry like the media, layoffs are always a possibility, especially in today’s economy. Prepare now for a second option, or simply expand upon your existing knowledge. For example, publishers and editors should take coursework in e-books and digital media to maintain viability and avoid being replaced by a (cheaper) fresh face.
You want a way to keep an income after retirement
Once you’ve retired, you may find you want to continue working in some capacity, either for personal enjoyment or a little extra cushion. Instead of settling for retail, re-train in an entirely new field. Business and medical professionals often bring their expertise to the classroom, either for online colleges or in the K-12 system. You can also brush up on your technical know-how in certificate programs to get an entry-level job outside your comfort zone.
You need to allow a year for the transition
Entrepreneurs agree that it takes a full 12 months to move into a new career. Between networking, job hunting, obtaining an online bachelor degree and saving up the funds to make the switch, it isn’t a quick or easy process. Better to begin now, before something changes and you don’t have a choice anymore. It’s especially beneficial to start early on that bachelor degree; you can balance school with work since you’ll be making your own schedule. As an added bonus, it’s very possible to be discreet about your plans.
You can find increased satisfaction in a job you’re passionate about
You’re spending 40 or more hours a week on your career. Shouldn’t it be something you love? Many successful non-profits began with a frustrated worker deciding to give up the 9-to-5 to try to solve a problem. No matter what field you pursue, if you incorporate your existing hobbies or interests, it will benefit your peace of mind and make you a better employee.
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