Midlife career change, is it possible?
To briefly answer the question, YES! You may be tired of working from 9 to 5 in a dead-end job or looking for much more financial stability, or you feel it’s about time to do something you’re passionate about and love to do every day.
The pandemic has a lot of impact on our lives, and it’s not uncommon to feel emotionally, mentally, and physically drained by the work you do in your profession. You dread the weekdays and you pray for the weekend. You’re constantly thinking about work even when you are not at work.
Another reason is you feel that your current work situation is not what you want to do for the rest of your life. You are using your skills and abilities to do a job that is not your cup of tea and would rather use your talents in a more impactful way in another career. So when you think and start to realize that your current career is not your dream job and life is too short to do something you don’t like, you are not alone. And no, it is not too late to have a career change even when you’re no longer in your 20s.
First things first, you need to be practical. Moving into a new career will require skills upgrade. It’s always a great idea to take an advanced diploma to enter your second career smoothly especially if your current job doesn’t require any of the skills. Make sure you do due diligence, conduct a lot of research before deciding which training that you’ll need to start over your career. Connect with people or networking is always a great way to obtain more insights and if you’re lucky, you may find a mentor to guide you through the transition.
Now it’s time to make sense out of things. What are the career change options for someone in their 30s, 40s, or even 50s? What is a good second career choice? We understand that Information Technology is always in demand for talents, so IT is an option for you. Roles in Cloud systems, Cisco and Red Hat Engineering, Enterprise IT Management, Data Science and Artificial Intelligent, Big Data, and Software Quality Assurance are some of the evergreen positions that always need talents. A career in business administration is ideal for anyone wanting to transition into business and work in a variety of careers, including human resources, accounting, and business law.
Going back to a career college is the best option for you, not only will you learn practical skills and knowledge that you’re passionate about, but the duration is also relatively short -less than a year- so you can be ready for your next career promptly. Look for funding opportunities as well. For residents of Ontario, Canada, you may be eligible to receive up to $28,000 to cover the tuition and other costs through Second Career.
Find out if you qualify for Second Career program from the Ontario Government. Not sure about Second Career criteria? Our expert team will be happy to provide you with more details with the Second Career eligibility checklist and walk you through the process. So email us at [email protected] or use this form to check your eligibility!