If you’ve made your way to this blog post, you’re asking yourself an important question. Is it too late to change careers? This is a crippling question, usually inspired by fear. Read on to learn the most common reasons people think it is too late to change careers - and why, in fact, it isn’t.
I’m too old to learn something new and change careers.
“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” but thankfully, you’re not a dog. It doesn’t matter how old you are; you can always learn new things. Your memory may not be as good as it used to be or perhaps you’re worried about the physical changes of aging on your ability to be active. There are all kinds of negative impacts that may have occurred as you’ve aged. But guess what? You may actually have a leg up on your classmates because of your age, rather than in spite of it. You have real world experience, maturity, and responsibility that have taken a lifetime to build. You may have to revisit some basics in order to refresh, but there are programs and educators who are more than happy to help you get there.
I don’t know enough about technology to change careers.
Technology has changed everything, including the workplace. If you just figured out how to work your computer, you may be intimidated by the idea of learning all new technologies - especially if you are going into the healthcare field. It’s true that technology plays a large role in most healthcare jobs, but you don’t have to be afraid to learn new technologies. Rather than hindering your performance, these technologies often make your job easier. Most importantly, if you are going through training for your new career, you will learn everything you need to know about technology in order to be successful in your new career. Even tech-savvy people will have to learn new programs and softwares, so you won’t be the only person in the class learning something new.
I have too many responsibilities to change careers.
You’re a busy adult with a whole life full of responsibilities. Your days are already packed full; how could you possibly have time to change careers - especially if it involves going back to school? Thankfully, modern education has adapted to help students like you juggle all of your responsibilities while still preparing to change careers. At Manhattan Institute, for instance, we offer day, night, and weekend classes to fit your schedule. Plus, many of our courses only take 4-8 weeks to complete, meaning you can learn quickly while still working at your old job, and then transition to your new job without waiting forever to complete a degree.
Regardless of your situation, it is not too late to change careers. If you are unhappy in your current job, find one you will love.