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Published On: Thu, Mar 21st, 2019

Why It’s Never Too Late To Progress Your Career Forward

Whether you are in your 20s, 30s, or you are above 40, it’s never too late to progress your career. If you often find yourself staring at the clock, waiting for your workday to be over, the chances are that you haven’t found the best-suited job for yourself. At the end of the day, this is completely okay, considering that it’s never too late to progress your career forward, or even choose a completely different path altogether.

Think of it this way, would you rather be stuck for over a decade at a job you don’t like, or would you instead like to find something that you are actually passionate about and that gets you excited every morning that you wake up? The latter is always your best option, and here is why.

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People do it all the time

You are not the first to change your mind, and nor will you be the last. People are changing their minds everywhere around you, and you don’t need to fear that you are the only one that is making these life-altering decisions later in your life.

In fact, you shouldn’t wait too long to make these types of decisions, either, as you will just be spending unnecessary hours of your day at a job that isn’t benefiting you in any way.

Your age doesn’t matter

Your age doesn’t matter when it comes to making a career change. Simply because you are in your late 20s, early 40s, or in whatever other category you fall into, does not mean that you should live your life being unhappy.

Don’t listen to people that don’t believe in you

You have to learn how to believe in yourself, of course, and it’s important that you don’t let other people’s doubt cloud your own judgment when making decisions. At the end of the day, you are the one that knows what the best course of action for yourself is, and no one else. It is your life.

That is not to say that it won’t be hard not to be filled with self-doubt. Remember that every negative thought that you have is simply in your mind, and it does not reflect what your capabilities actually are. Face your doubt head on, and think back to all of the moments where you were, in fact, successful.

Remember that if you want to succeed in anything that you do, persistence will be incredibly important.

It’s important to find something you enjoy doing

Only you can answer the question of what career path fits best with your personality. If you are unsure as to what that is, talk to professionals who are working in a field that you see yourself in for long periods of time.

What is it that gives you a sense of purpose?

Only looking forward to the weekend is a bad way to live

Spending your life in a way where you are constantly counting down the days until the weekend arrives is not allowing you to live in the moment. If this is something that you do, it’s time to consider a career change that will allow you to be happy with the present moment.

The ‘living for the weekend’ thought process should be a clear sign that something has to change in your life moving forward.

New challenges are good for you

Challenging yourself will always benefit you in some shape or form. If you want to meet your potential and progress, make a point of putting yourself in situations where you are constantly learning. This will certainly help you grow as a person.

Your skills are transferable

Don’t assume that if you switch or progress your career at any point, the skills you have learned up until this point are not transferable. Everything that you learn you can take with you and apply in another role, no matter what you were doing initially.

Never assume that your time was wasted in a particular role.

Getting a master’s program, i.e. in healthcare

There is always time to get a master’s program in a certain career path that you enjoy. This can include progressing your current job or, of course, going down a slightly different direction.

Perhaps you are working as a nurse in the healthcare industry and you want to elevate your career with a nursing masters. You can, for starters, complete your degree online if you so choose, but the biggest benefit of you deciding to get your masters is to broaden your skillsets, improve your future employability, and of course, improve your finances as well. Once you become more knowledgeable, it’s only natural that a role higher up your job ladder will offer better benefits and better pay.

You can get a master’s program in just about any field, as a way to increase your expertise.

Switching careers

The article has already touched on the subject of switching careers to a small extent, but it’s important to note that it’s never too late to change directions altogether. Regardless of how old you are, why would you want to spend your time working at a job that you are not happy with?

You need to wake up each morning excited and ready to tackle your day, not dreading the next few hours that you have to experience and go through.

Nothing is ever easy regardless of what you do

The truth is that there are no shortcuts in life, so why not devote your time to something that you personally enjoy? Consistently thinking about the money that you will make is hardly a good way to live. Take a leap of faith on yourself by doing what you’ve always wanted to do, and you’ll be much happier throughout your life.

Repeat to yourself as many times as is necessary that you can change your career around at any point. It doesn’t matter if you are in your 50s and feel like you want to go back to school for your masters program or to get a new certificate. The decision lies with you, and you have full control over what to do with your life in the future.

Author: Carol Trehearn

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