How to Change Careers without Financially Burdening Yourself
- Mark Edwards ·
- 5 Comments ·
- May 30, 2018
One of the biggest problems in life is that once you’re settled into a job, it can be difficult to take your life in a new direction, especially if you’ve got financial commitments in your life. You might wake up one day and realise that the career you’re in simply doesn’t cut the cake anymore, and you’re no longer happy with what you’re doing.
Being unhappy in your job can seriously affect the other aspects of your life, so it’s important to take action as soon as possible. Worried about becoming a financial burden if you change careers? Take a look at how you can do this without having to worry at all!
One of the first things that you could attempt is to try and get yourself into the right line of work so that you can move on up from there. So, if you like the idea of being in charge of a kitchen one day, and you’ve got some culinary knowledge, then why not apply for kitchen work in your area? You might start off as a pot washer, then move up to someone who plates up food and preps, to eventually becoming a head chef through hard work. It might seem like the long way to do things, but if it puts you in the right direction then it’s definitely worth the leap. Also, many companies will send their staff on training courses which can give you even more knowledge within your sector. So, if you know what you want your end goal to be, why not try and get into the profession and work your way up?
Another idea to get yourself the career that you’re after without losing out on money would be to take online courses in your spare time to gain the qualifications necessary for the job. If you wanted to be say, a teacher, you could take an online masters in teaching when you’re not working your current job. This works well for many people because it allows them to continue earning while they are studying for the career that they are after. It also works well for stay at home parents who aren’t able to get out to do college courses.
Remember that changing careers is a big step to take, and will you truly be happy with the change? If the answer is no, then why not work your way up in your current career instead? There may be different departments that you could apply for, or even higher positions which would entail different and exciting roles (and of course, better pay too.) Sometimes, a change in job might not be necessary if you’re feeling stuck in a rut. Consider moving up rather than changing things completely!
As you can see, making changes to your working life doesn’t have to be as hard as you originally thought, and it really is more than possible to change your life completely without becoming an financial burden to yourself or those around you. Good luck with your career moves!
An excellent piece which I think underpins the worries a lot of us have about changing careers. Well done Mark.
Spot on! That’s why you see so many people sitting stagnant in a career they don’t like because more than often the prospect of losing out financially fills them with dread.
We always encourage people to study, even if they are still worried about changing paths. By the time they’ve got their new qualifications, the confidence boost alone is all they need to take the next step.
I took the plunge to move up in my current company, after five years of sitting and watching others do the same!
Sometimes you need to ask yourself can you afford NOT to make the change? What will it do to you long term if you continue to sit in a role you no longer derive any enjoyment from?