All of my life I have known that I should have been an Interior Designer. I walk into a room and mentally rearrange the furniture, knock down walls and change the paint colour. If you follow my Pinterest account, you’ll have noticed that I have a small obsession with pinning photos of beautiful interiors. My idea of a perfect shopping trip is spending time in a store filled with amazing home decor / furniture items. I just love that stuff.
Right now you are thinking, what has any of that got to do with changing your career. Well, the point I am getting is this; my actual job is in administration. I have been an Admin Manager for most of my life. While I actually don’t mind this job, and I happen to be pretty good at it, it’s not really what I want to be doing. So 8 months ago I started studying for my Diploma in Interior Design and Decorating, and in another year, I’ll be a fully trained designer. Something I’ve always wanted to do, but never imagined I could so late in my career. A few of my tips for making this huge step in your life:
Ask questions. What are you passionate about? What are your reasons for wanting to change careers? Will you need to study for new qualifications? Is it practical? What are the risks? Those are just a couple of things you should consider. I’m sure you can think of a few more.
Don’t just go off on a whim and quit your job. My first piece of advice is to take a moment to think about it. Take some time to do some research, to figure out what direction you would like to go in.
Try it out. If it is at all possible, find a workplace that will allow you to volunteer for a few days. The purpose of this is to help you decide if the career you’ve chosen is really for you.
Get your finances organised. Downsize expenses. Changing careers may mean taking a pay cut. Perhaps you are planning to start your own business, how much cash will you need to get that started. If you are needing new qualifications, you’ll need to figure out the cost of your tuition fees. Be smart, don’t spend money you don’t have to. Don’t overspend or dip too deeply into your life savings.
Set yourself goals and stick to them. Your goals can be small ones that you work on everyday. Be patient. Nothing that is worth doing happens overnight. Take small steps along the way. Don’t try to rush it.