Why It’s Never Too Late for a Career Change

Posted on Jun 26, 2018 - By OnPoint Global

Everyone has heard the saying, “It’s not work when you love what you do.” And there’s good evidence to support this idea. A study from the Social Market Foundation found that happy, satisfied employees are 30 percent more productive than their unhappy counterparts. But, how many people actually wake up feeling invigorated and excited to go to work? Up to 40 percent of Americans report feeling “burnt out,” and 33 percent say they would look for another job, even if they were satisfied with their current roles, according to a study by the University of Southern California. This tells us there are a lot of talented individuals feeling unfulfilled in their current roles.

We believe that job satisfaction plays an integral role in shaping our team members’ holistic feelings of self-worth and happiness, which is why we encourage each and every employee to broaden his or her skillset and explore different roles within our organization. With the exception of jobs that have physical limitations (say, becoming a soccer star or professional tango dancer), it’s never too late to try something new. Here’s why…

Your Skills May Be Transferable or Complementary

Seasoned professionals who have been in the same roles for long periods of time sometimes fall victim to one of the most dangerous workplace myths. They believe their skillsets are too niche to qualify for new jobs in other functionalities, fields or industries. But, that’s rarely the case. The best leaders have very desirable – and transferable – skills. People management, written and verbal communication and project or budget oversight are foundational characteristics every company is seeking, to name only a few. Technical and industry-specific knowledge can be taught, but strong managerial and leadership skills become harder to learn over time. Even if you aren’t sure whether you’re qualified for a certain role, we recommend applying. Be proactive when exploring something new by reaching out to the talent manager to understand whether (and why) you’re a good candidate, and to learn ways you may be able to make your transferable skills shine or how to close knowledge gaps.

Learning Something New Has Never Been Easier

To get a leg up in an industry that does require specific, prior knowledge, consider going back to school. Don’t worry, we aren’t advocating that you relive your undergraduate days: online courses from accredited universities and DIY learning opportunities from highly-rated educational sites, such as OnPointGuides, have never been easier to find, or more flexible and affordable. There are evening and weekend courses available for most disciplines, and returning students have unique advantages, such as maturity, self-knowledge and clear ambition, that younger students sometimes lack. Equally as important, progressive organizations are often willing to take a gamble on someone who demonstrates an eagerness to learn with a passion for work. As an employer, we would consider a less-traditionally qualified candidate with a fire to grow and achieve over a more seasoned, but complacent, applicant any day.

You Probably Already Know Someone Who Can Help You Succeed

Last, but certainly not least, established employees also have deeper social and professional networks from which to draw inspiration and support. If you’ve been an accountant for 15 years, but feel like you missed your calling as a psychologist, chances are, you know someone who can give you an insider’s look at the day-to-day life of that profession. They may also be able to provide ideas to help you get a foot in the door or ease into a career switch. By intentionally and thoughtfully reaching out to your network, you can begin planning a path to change that maximizes success and mitigates risks.

The only certainties in life are death, taxes and change. So, if you’re going to make a change, we advocate making it one you love and feel passionately about.