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Why Changing Careers is Good For You

Do you have your dream job?

If you answer “yes,” you’re one of only 14 percent of people who do. A study for the University of Phoenix in the U.S.A. shows that workers of all ages are unhappy with their careers.

Eighty percent of people in their 20s and 64 percent of people in their 30s wish for a career change. So what’s stopping them?

Face the Fear

The answer is very likely fear. We get used to being in the jobs we’re in, and changing career often feels like a mountain we’re too afraid to move.

But many people are in the completely wrong job for them. It’s not really surprising, as we are so young when we make career choices and they affect the rest of our working lives.

A lot of people end up drifting into jobs that have been chosen for them because they’re not ready to make their career decisions themselves.

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Know It’s Never Too Late

People also avoid changing career because they believe they’re too old, even if they’re desperately unhappy in their job.  (Click to Tweet)

They think people will laugh at them for wanting to retrain, or that they’ll be slower to learn than their younger counterparts. But this belief is actually wrong.

At KKTC we talk to lots of people over 40 and over 50. Many have teenage or early adult children and have been stay-at-home mums, or worked in occupations that are not fulfilling.

When we talk about their experiences we help them unlock their true passion in life. They discover that becoming an educator and engaging with children will bring them great satisfaction and enjoyment.

These conversations are inspiring – it’s like a new energy has surrounded their soul in the space of a conversation. The joy of working with children and helping shape developing minds … now that is real personal fulfilment and meaning.

Studies show that over 80 percent of people who change career after the age of 45 are successful in their new fields. And the people who make that leap are happier and better off than they were before.

Make Your Life Work For You

Career coach Kathy Caprino is often approached by women who want to change careers. She asks them to step back and analyse what’s stopping them from making the jump into a career they’ll really enjoy.

Often it’s a lack of confidence.

“Until you let go of what you’re doing and thinking that keeps you stuck and small, you can’t build a happy, successful career,” she says. She advises them to learn about the field they want to go into and find some friendly, helpful people who have experience of the industry.

Build up a realistic picture of your new field by talking to these people. If it still feels like a good fit, it’s time to start making plans.

Changing careers doesn’t have to be hard.

Reconnect With Your Inner Child

Working in Early Childhood Education and Learning can be an ideal career. (Click to Tweet)

You can reconnect with who you truly are. You know, the person you were before you set foot on a career that was wrong for you.

Being around children will help you to rediscover your own inner child. And you’re likely to rediscover the joy in your own life.

So join us for our next information night. You can talk to people in the industry, and discover for yourself how we boost our students’ confidence and support them to live their dreams.

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10 Dr Seuss Quotes to Make You Believe You Can Do Anything

Want to know a secret?

People think career coaching is hard because you have to help people work out what career they want.

But that’s not the case.

Career coaching is hard, but not for that reason. You see, the biggest problem that most people have is not figuring out what career they want.

The biggest problem is fear.

We’ve all met people who’ve told us what they do for a living, and we’ve thought, “Oh wow. I’d LOVE to do that.”

Maybe we’ve even said to them, “Really? You’re so lucky!”

They’re no luckier than you are, but they may be more courageous. They were brave enough to recognise what they wanted and to go after it.

They faced hurdles, just like you do. The difference is that they overcame them.

They persevered until they made it, and you can do that too.

You are just as capable as anyone else. You can chase your dreams and realise them.

You just need to believe in yourself.

That’s why we’ve put together these 10 quotes from Dr Seuss, to make you believe you can do anything.

  1. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go” ~ Dr Seuss (Click to Tweet)

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  1. “So be sure when you step, step with care and great tact. And remember the life’s a great balancing act.” ~ Dr Seuss (Click to Tweet)

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  1. “You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so … get on your way.” ~ Dr Seuss (Click to Tweet)

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  1. “And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed!” ~ Dr Seuss (Click to Tweet)

 

  1. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” ~ Dr Seuss (Click to Tweet)

 

  1. “You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who’ll decide where to go …” ~ Dr Seuss (Click to Tweet)

 

  1. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” ~ Dr Seuss (Click to Tweet)

 

  1. “You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights’! You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.” ~ Dr Seuss (Click to Tweet)

 

  1. “With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.” ~ Dr Seuss (Click to Tweet)

 

  1. “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.” ~ Dr Seusss (Click to Tweet)

 

5 Warning Signs Your Life is on Autopilot

Are you settling for adequate when you could have great?

A lot of people do. They complain about their jobs but say, “Oh well, at least I have a job.”

They’re envious of people who follow their passion and love their work, but they don’t think they can do that too.

They coast along on autopilot and wonder why other people have happy, fulfilling lives.

Are you doing it too? Check the warning signs we’ve put together.

1.  You Don’t Know What’s Most Important

You don’t know what’s most important to you. You’re so busy just getting through the day that you don’t stop and think about your priorities.

You don’t evaluate and ask yourself if things could be better. You stick to what you know while inwardly hoping the perfect career will fall into your lap when you least expect it.

That’s a myth you need to stop believing.

2.  You Never Have Enough Time

You’re so busy racing through each day you don’t have time for the people and activities you love. You find yourself wasting time on social media, or flaked in front of the television at the end of the day.

But you don’t have quality time for yourself. You’re not living your life intentionally, and you can’t find the inspiration to follow your dreams.

3.   You Lack Motivation

Your job isn’t enjoyable but it’s tolerable. It pays well and your life is comfortable so why change?

Maybe you’ve thought about doing something different but it seems like too much effort. Maybe you don’t know how you’ll find the time or effort to change.

Maybe you just haven’t noticed all the signs that it’s time for a career change.

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4.  You’ve Stopped Planning Fun Times

You really know your life is on autopilot of you’re not planning weekends away or fun activities. You remember what fun is, right?

Time with family or friends, going to a movie or concert or having a night out.

5.  You Don’t Have a 3-5 Year Plan

This is a big one, particularly if you’re not actually happy at the moment. You need to have a plan for how you want your life to be in the future.

Career change doesn’t have to be hard. Work out how you want your life to be, and start implementing changes bit by bit.

If you don’t start, you’ll never make progress.

Live Life to The Full

Imagine looking back on your life and wondering what might have been. Imagine all those years that you could have been happy.

Are you really prepared to make that sacrifice?

Don’t live your life on autopilot until it’s too late to change. Wake up and take charge.

You can live your dreams just as well as anyone else. You deserve happiness as much as anyone else.

Contact us and find out how we can help you change your life, today.

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5 Things to Do When You Hate Your Job

There’s nothing worse is there?

Nothing worse than going into a job you hate. Day after day.

Every morning you drag yourself into the place, wishing you could call in sick. But you’re not that sort of person.

You just hate your job, but you’re not alone. There are millions of people out there doing it.

All of them trying to become immune. And all of them dying a little bit inside. Every day.

The crazy thing is that it really doesn’t have to be this way. Despite how powerless you might feel, you actually have a lot of control over the situation.

Here are 5 things to do when you hate your job.

1.  Reduce Personal Stress

When you feel your job is sucking the life-force, and energy, out of you then it’s time to rethink and rebalance. (Click to Tweet) Try to reduce the stress in other parts of your life as much as possible.

Free up some personal time by getting rid of any option extras, and start prioritising self-care. Do things you enjoy. Hang out with people who make you feel good.

It won’t make you love your job, but it will make life easier and more enjoyable. We all have limits, and you need to reduce the amount of stress you’re currently experiencing.

2.  Review Your Hours

Take a look at the hours you’re spending at work. Are they too long? What would your ideal week look like?

Before you start thinking, “I can’t change my hours” stop and rephrase the question. If you ask yourself, “How can I change this?” you’ll start thinking of creative solutions.

Maybe you can cut back on some expenses and work fewer hours. Or maybe you can negotiate other solutions with your employer.

3.  Strengthen Your Connections

If you’re struggling to find meaning or satisfaction in your current role, build connections. By strengthening your connections with your colleagues you’ll feel a greater sense of purpose.

When you strengthen your connections with your friends and family you’ll also feel more supported, better understood, and stronger emotionally. If you decide to make a change they’ll understand your reasons and support you through the transition.

4.   Discover Your Strengths And Passions

Learn about your strengths and passions, and try to find ways to incorporate them into your current role. If you’re not sure where to start try this free strengths finder.

You may find a whole range of ways you can use your strengths in your current workplace. If not, you’ll at least be able to see clear signs you should be in a different role.

5.  Create An Exit Plan

Ultimately, life is too short to spend years of your life feeling unhappy. (Click to Tweet) So, if you decide you want to create a greater impact in the world and experience more purpose and satisfaction, you may need an exit plan.

While it may seem daunting, it is possible to change careers without losing your mind.

More and more people are opting to stop living a lie, and start creating a life they enjoy. And you can do it too.

We support people just like you. We help them believe in themselves and create a life they love.

Contact us and find out how we can help you change your life, today.

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How to Change Careers Without Losing Your Mind

Changing careers can be scary.

There’s a lot of unknowns, and a lot to worry about. It’s often difficult to work out what your options are – or even to believe you have options.

You see, a lot of us look at our career and our career options all wrong. We tend to think, “What’s the easiest way for me to earn a living with my existing skills and knowledge?”

And that’s the problem. Because that’s not the right question to ask, not if you want career fulfillment and satisfaction.

Instead, you have to dream a little. You have to ask yourself what you’d love to do, and then work out how to reach that goal.

There’s a process to changing career successful, which is why we’ve put together this infographic for you. It shows you the 7 Steps to Successful Career Change.

Test The Waters

Test the waters of your new career in Early Childhood Education and Learning by getting in touch with us, or attending one of our information nights.

Information nights are a great opportunity to meet the trainers, ask questions about the course options and see for yourself our great college facility! If you cannot make it in person, register and dial in via webinar.

 

6 Career Myths To Stop Believing, Now

There are a lot of career myths out there, and they could be holding you back.

We debunk six of the most common myths career myths so you can put them behind you and get on with following your dreams.

1.  You’ll Discover the Perfect Career

People often dream they’ll discover the ‘perfect’ career, even though they’re not sure what it is!

The problem is that every option they consider is imperfect in some way, so they keep discarding the options. They’re eternally stuck in a waiting room where the perfect door never opens, so they never make a move.

Stop searching for career perfection and start aiming to find something you’ll enjoy doing. (Click to Tweet)

2.  Career Change Is For Losers

There is a belief that you only change careers when you’re failing at what you’re doing. That’s a lie.

The truth is that careers are a bit like relationships, and sometimes they run their course. Sometimes you find yourself waking up and realising that you’ve grown apart – things aren’t working so well, and it’s time for a change.

That can be hard, but not as hard as putting up with something that’s no longer working for you.

3.  You Should Stick to What You Know

Saying you should stick to what you know is a mistake, particularly if it’s not satisfying you. That’s like saying you should never upgrade your mobile phone because you’ll have to adjust to a new one.

The truth is that your career needs upgrading any time it’s not meeting you needs – or when you can see a better option.

As one of our students recently wrote,

“I was trapped in [my previous role] and you went the extra mile to help place me in a position so I could study and change my present situation and my future.”

4.  The Right Role Never Feels Like Work

The perfect job for you will be imperfect in some ways. It’s the old 80-20 rule in action.

The trick is to find a job where you enjoy 80% of the role and tolerate the 20% that’s not so much fun. Because the truth is that no job will allow you to do what you want when you want.

The perfect job is mostly enjoyable but it does feel like work for a small part of the time.

5.  You’ll Know What You Want To Be When You “Grow Up”

Your career is not a lightning bolt from the blue. Sure, some people experience clarity and know exactly what they want to do throughout their life, but most people don’t.

Most of us try different roles at different times – constantly building on our life experience. Don’t fight it – accept it. It’s OK to find something enjoyable to do now and make changes as you evolve.

6.  You Can’t Pursue Your Passion

Here’s a secret that most people don’t know. Most people are too scared to pursue their passion. They don’t dare to live their dreams in case they fail. (Click to Tweet)

Truly courageous people know that life is short and it’s better to pursue your passion than fail to follow your dream. Even if you fail to carry out your greatest dreams, you can try again, and again.

Character is built through perseverance.

Imagine The Possibilities

Some people say that Thomas Edison failed thousands of times when he was inventing the lightbulb. Ten thousand times, in fact.

Edison said,

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Imagine if he’d given up – we’d all be sitting around in the dark!

Here’s another secret you may not know. You have amazing possibilities in front of you, ripe for the picking.

One of our students wrote,

“I am overwhelmed at the thought of not only being offered full time work but to have the opportunity to be a part of this team… Thank you so very much”

 

We support people to achieve their dreams, even when they think they can’t.

We can support you too, just give us a try.

 

10 Inpirational Quotes That Will Make You Want to Change Careers

Sometimes even when all the signs are telling you that you need a change, you need some inspiration.

Some motivation to step away from the devil you know and start reaching for your dreams.

So, we’ve put together 10 inspirational quotes that will make you want to change careers.

We’ve also added links to the quotes so you can Tweet any you like. :-)

Enjoy!

 

Go where you are celebrated – not tolerated. If they can’t see the real value of you, it time for a new start. ~ Unknown (click to Tweet)

 

Nothing is work unless you’d rather be doing something else. ~ George Halas (click to Tweet)

 

Whatever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy. ~ Abraham Lincoln (click to Tweet)

 

Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. ~ Gloria Steinem (click to Tweet)

 

Find out what you like doing best, and get someone to pay you for it. ~ Katharine Whitehorn (click to Tweet)

 

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. ~ Steve Jobs (click to Tweet)

 

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. ~ Confucius (click to Tweet)

If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try. ~ Seth Godin (click to Tweet)

 

Whatever you are, be a good one. ~ Abraham Lincoln (click to Tweet)

 

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. ~ William James (click to Tweet)

5 Signs You’re Ready for A Career Change

Feeling a little … meh?

Everyone has the occasional work slump, so how do you know if you’re ready for a career change?

To help you know when the time is right, we’ve put together this list of 5 signs that you’re ready to change careers.

Let’s take a look, shall we?

1.          You Feel Sick Every Monday

If you consider calling in sick every Monday morning then you need a career change.
Tweet: If you consider calling in sick every Monday morning then you need a career change. #KKTC

Everyone has experienced this at some stage, but if you feel this way every week then you’re in the wrong environment.

You spend about 10.3 years of your work at life, so make sure you enjoy it.

2.          You’re Unhappy and Unfulfilled

Is the work you’re doing fulfilling and satisfying, or is it ‘just a job’? Because ‘just a job’ gets tired pretty quickly.

The reason some people enjoy going to work is that they love what they do. They really, really love it.

If what you do for a living isn’t fulfilling, start working out what you should be doing instead.

3.          You Are Not Using Your Best Skills

If you use your best skills in your job, you’re likely to be happier. For example, if you love being with people but you work in front of a computer all day you’re unlikely to be content.

There’s always going to be some aspects of a job that you’re not mad about, but it should be a small part of the job. The positives should outweigh the negatives.

4.          You’ve Done Your Homework

If you’ve looked into your career options and worked out what area you want to move into, then you’re in a strong position. If not, then find out what sort of work might suit you (try this career quiz).

Once you’ve established what you’re good at, investigate the industry. For example, if you’re interested in working with children you can find out what qualifications you’ll need, and talk to people about working in the industry.

If you find a training provider who offers information nights be sure to go along. It will give you a fantastic insight into the sort of people you’ll be working with and the work environment you’ll experience.

5.          You Know Where You Want To Be

If you know what move you want to make career wise, well done! All you need to do is put a plan in place and start executing it.

Start by working out how you’re going to transition. Take into account any financial or educational impacts.

You may be able to study for your new career while continuing to work in your current job. You may even be able to negotiate a part-time arrangement with your current workplace, while you prepare for your new role.

Just Do It

Once you’ve worked out what move you want to make, and planned how you’ll make the transition … it can seem a little scary.

But you’ve done the thinking and the planning now is the time for action.

Don’t give in to your negative thoughts. Instead, trust yourself and take action.

You deserve to be happy at work. You deserve a career you love.

So don’t just dream it. Do It!

 

7 Signs You Should Be Working In Early Childhood Education

Not everyone ‘just knows’.

Some people know exactly what they want to do with their lives, or what they want to be ‘when they grow up’.

But not everyone does. Some of us know we want to do something meaningful, or something helpful – we’re just not sure what

And some of us need a change from what we have been doing.

Maybe your current job doesn’t satisfy you anymore. Or maybe you’ve started a family of your own and realise you’d like to work with children.

If you’ve been thinking about a career in early childhood education, here’s some signs that this could be the vocation for you.

A Meaningful Career Choice

A career in early childhood education is rewarding and fulfilling. You need qualifications, but the right trainers support you to achieve your goals.

The key is to find the right place to get your training. Somewhere with flexible enrolments, awesome trainers and incredible support for their students.

Stop wondering what your new career could be like, and start finding out. Your new life is out there waiting for you.

All you have to do is reach out and grab it.

What are you waiting for? Make a start today, and begin living your dream tomorrow.