Many women get mid-career and find that they’re not satisfied with their choice. Likewise, some women have to postpone a career so that they can raise their children for a certain length of time. When the children are old enough, a woman might want to start a career from scratch. If you’re already in the middle of a career and longing for another career path that makes you happy, consider these few ideas to kickstart your journey to fulfillment.
Your next career will need to be something that matches both your skills and interests. For example, what are you interested in and do you have the skills to start at an entry position in that career? Some women might compare being an architect vs. engineer in the construction industry. A woman who loves to design and plan would be better suited to being an architect. If she’s more technically minded, then she’d probably prefer a career as an engineer, who deals mostly with the technical and structural side of construction.
Many times you will decide on a career that you might not have the education to advance in just yet. No matter how old you are or what your time constraints are, you can get into an educational program that will give you a background in your chosen career. Online schools now give busy moms the time they need to get their education on their own time, at their own pace. You can even get scholarships and financial aid to pursue your career dreams.
Before choosing a career, consider the amount of time it’s going to demand of you. Management positions are more time consuming than entry-level jobs, for example, so if you don’t feel like you’re ready to be away from the kids a lot, keep that in mind before pursuing a management or corporate position. Some jobs have clearly defined hours, while others will need you as they need you. Choose wisely.
In order to pursue an education, you might have to devote some money to it. Do you have that money right now or can you work to get it? And at the end of the day, is your anticipated salary increase going to make your investment in training or switching jobs worth it? No matter what career you choose, make sure it will pay the bills.
Finally, before making the big decision, think about whether or not your family life is going to be able to withstand any demands on your time that your new career path will demand. Will it be worth it in the end if you’re happier with what you’re doing? The majority of women put their family before their careers. If your new career will bring renewed hope in life and a lot of joy, it’s likely your family will be happy for you and support you in your dreams.
All of these things will help you make up your mind about your next career. They aren’t magic tips that will give you the right answer automatically. If you consider all of these things, though, you’ll very likely make a better decision about your next career. Discussing the matter with your partner, as well as your children, can sometimes give you more ideas on what you might like to do or whether or not a certain career is right for you.