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.
Know It’s Never Too Late
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.
Reconnect With Your Inner Child
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.
Sam has experience in public and private sector organisations across Australia and has been with Kool Kids Training College since 2014.
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