This post is sponsored by SEEK Learning
I often reflect back on life prior to Elliott, in particular the jobs I had. I remember being very stressed. I remember working my butt off for little recognition. And I remember thinking to myself “this must be the job I’m going to be doing for the rest of my life, so I guess I just have to accept it and do my best at it”.
I also remember hearing about people who would proclaim to be in their ‘dream job’ and they had found their ‘true calling’. What a load of codswallop, I remember thinking. I rolled my eyes when I heard anyone saying they started their business from nothing, and was always quick to respond with the opinion those opportunities just didn’t happen anymore.
A career change at 30!
Fast forward to motherhood and, well, motherhood truly had me inspired to try different things with my life. I’m very much a person that dreams up something and has to go and do it the next day. One of those dreams was to start a blog.
Sitting at home with a six month old drove me a little crazy. I needed something more stimulating to do – changing nappies, feeding, and playing just didn’t cut it. I’d heard of blogs, so I decided to start one as a hobby. Little did I know that almost three years later my little hobby blog would have thousands of readers a month, be a huge source of inspiration, and lead to career options I’d never dreamed of. My little hobby blog was what made my career change a whole 180 degrees – a career change at 30!
I had previously worked in real estate, recruitment and employment services, department coordination, quality management and occupational health and safety. But instead of going back to what I knew, I decided to start my own business, contracting to other businesses as a freelance writer and also managing social media for a well known magazine in south east Queensland. Writing and social media are my passions, and I know it’s a cliché, but now I get paid to do what I love. The old me would have rolled her eyes, but now I’m so thankful.
But where I am now in my career is not by chance, it involved lots of hard work, thousands of hours of learning and reading, and tonnes of persistence. Starting from nothing and turning it into something is possible and the key success, if you want it bad enough, is knowledge. When you equip yourself with the knowledge you need, you can pretty much do anything you set your mind to, dreams become attainable and yes, a career change at 30 is possible, even 40!
Understandably you may feel anxious about the whole career change thing. Heck, I was because it was the complete unknown. But don’t let it hold you back from chasing your dream job. Changing career direction like this will always involve risk and putting yourself in less than comfortable situations, but its character-building at its best.
So what happens if it’s still not glaringly obvious what you need to learn to get to a particular point? This is where the SEEK Learning Consultants come in handy. I wish I knew about SEEK Learning a few years ago, but instead had to figure it out all by myself.
I had a chat with Melinda, a SEEK Learning Consultant, and I tell you what, she was a wealth of information! I explained to her my goal was to potentially gain some formal qualifications for my current work in digital media but that it had to fit in with being a mum, working part-time, and it had to be online. In an instant, she had course recommendations for me based on my goals, my family, work, and social commitments, as well as my budget. Melinda explained how I could get course credit from my previous study and work experience, and considering it has been a long time since I went to university, she explained my payment options and government contributions. Melinda made me realise studying while being a mum and working part-time was actually do-able, and career change really is possible.
But if you’re still unsure whether to make the leap, follow some of these steps first:
Take a step back.
It’s really important to step back and determine what is making you happy or unhappy in your job and what it is you’re looking for. For years people told me I was good at writing, but it never crossed my mind I could make it my career. Think outside the square.
Take a step forward
Talking to people experienced in your preferred niche is often the best way forward and a way to gather information on what is required to get where you want to be (and if it’s even for you).
Hit the books if you have to
This is where SEEK Learning’s consultants are really handy because they’re specifically trained to help you find the right course. Not only so you can achieve your career goals, but a course that fits your lifestyle and budget.
Know what the goal is
It is always a good idea to share your goals with friends and family, it makes you more accountable and it builds your support network.
On your mark, get set, go!
Just do it. The more you procrastinate, the more likely it won’t happen. Seriously, what’s the worst that could happen?
It’s never too late to make the move and never think that your true career calling isn’t out there like I did early on, I certainly proved myself wrong. Equip yourself with the knowledge you need and the world is your oyster. Knowledge truly is power, and life is definitely too short not to make the jump and do what you enjoy. If I can do it, you can too! Check out seeklearning.com.au to spark some inspiration!
Are you searching for your dream job? What is it?
 SEEK Learning Report: Independent research by GFK on behalf of SEEK (Oct 2013– Sept 2014). Study is run monthly, reaches 4k+ Australians (pa) and conducted using an independent online research panel. Data is weighted to be nationally representative of age, gender, location, employment status and income (combination of ABS stats). Base ~ 1000 – 4000 dependent on the time period
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