After graduation, many people begin a career, stay with it for a decade or more, and then decide they need a change. Some have no choice and are forced to leave when their company downsizes. Others simply become burnt out and decide a new career is what they need. Whatever the case, changing careers after the age of 30 can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. With proper planning, the stress of a career change can be reduced and you can look forward to starting your new job.
If you need to return to school to make your career move, you may worry about being the only adult studying beside your 18 and 19 year old classmates. This is rarely the case. More and more adults are returning to school, making students over 30 the norm in many classes. Many degrees are offered online, so if you feel strongly you don’t want to attend classes or don’t live close enough to a university to easily do so, you can still return to school.
Another very valid worry is that you won’t have the financial means to make a career change. If you are going to be unable to work while you attend school or job hunt, you could be in trouble. The solution to this is to plan carefully and make sure you have enough money saved that you will be able to pay all your bills while you make the transfer. Don’t forget to plan for health insurance if you’ll be giving that up when you leave your current job.
While changing careers in the middle of adulthood can be scary, it can also be vastly rewarding. You don’t want to be unhappy for the rest of your working life, but you do want to plan accordingly to make the transition as seamless as possible. For many people, changing careers is best career decision they’ll ever make.