I am passionate about helping people find the work that they love doing and which feels like play. When you hit mid-life, and even later after retirement, you may feel a desire to do something more meaningful. Whatever your age, a new career provides the perfect opportunity for you to bring some passion into what you do.
Furthermore, it is not simple to decide what you are passionate about and even when you do, this will change over time. Identifying your passion does not mean you will find work in your field as there need to be customers out there who are willing to pay you for your work or products. So although it is important to follow your dreams and find your vocation, it is as vital that you follow the market at the same time, ensuring that you are flexible in your approach.
Career plans based on your aspirations should leverage your assets in the context of the market. As these three elements are in constant flux, you will need to take educated guesses about each area. If your initial plan does not succeed, change tack to your second back-up plan that you developed at the same time as the main plan.
Foundation of Lifelong Learning
During your career change, it is crucial that you invest in yourself and make lifelong learning a habit. Having a foundation of knowledge and skills sets you up for a more meaningful life. Update your skills in the areas you are weak in the career niche of your choice. Entrepreneurs learn where they need to get practical knowledge by trial or error.
One way you can learn by doing is by offering your time on a voluntary basis in a company you would like to work for. Not only would you position yourself, you also get the opportunity to impress while learning valuable skills by doing the work.
In the stages of changing your career, make sure you take small steps that allow you to retrench or fall back if you make mistakes. Always ensure you have a safety net of income to rely on should your plan not succeed as you would not want to find your home repossessed or worse financial troubles to occur while you are finding your next career.
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