A new adult career

Changing to a new adult career can seem daunting, even terrifying. But it need not be. Let's look at how to go about it.

Why you might want a new career as an adult

Perhaps you have been unemployed for a long time, and see training for a career, instead of merely taking a job, as the best way forward. Perhaps you are bored with what you do and simply want a change. Maybe a career change in later life has been forced upon you due to illness or redundancy. All these are very different situations requiring different solutions, but some general first steps are the same.

What to do first

You need to decide what this new career is to be, or at least what field you want to work in. You may have a pretty good idea already, but if not, try to get career guidance counselling. It isn't as scary as it might sound, and it may help you see where your career interests lie.

Next steps

It is unlikely that you will be able to just look for a job yet, as most careers these days require specific training and some sort of qualification. If you haven't studied since your long forgotten schooldays, don't worry. Most training is practical and specific to the job, and it is not unusual for older people to change jobs these days, so you will probably not be alone. Just take things one step at a time, and don't panic.

It will help if you have some money saved to tide you over during this period. If not, see if any grants are available and/or see if you are eligible for any benefits. Particularly if you have a family and are not earning, you are highly likely to be entitled to something.

And then...you will be ready to start your new career.  Good luck!

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