I also remember hearing about people who proclaimed to be in their ‘dream job’ and that 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 that those opportunities just didn’t happen anymore.
A career change at 30!
Fast forward to motherhood and, well, six years ago, 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 a blog as a hobby. Little did I know that six 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 dreamt of.
Before kids, I coordinated a service department and looked after quality management and occupational health and safety for a business. But instead of going back to what I knew, I decided to start my own business (with no money), initially as a Virtual Assistant. Now, six years later, I contract to other businesses as a content writer, copywriter and social media manager, a completely different career. 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.
Career change isn’t by chance; it’s through hard work and KNOWLEDGE!
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, jumping in the deep end 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 or 50!
Understandably you may feel anxious about the whole career change thing because it is 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.
But if you’re still unsure whether to make the leap, follow some of these steps first:
Take a step back
It’s imperative 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).
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 a 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 too short not to make the jump and do what you enjoy. If I can do it, you can too!
Are you searching for your dream job? What is it?
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