Second careers can be really fun to explore. It typically happens when you have experienced a great career in a particular company or industry. It may have spanned 10, 20 or even 30 years. You probably think there were good parts and tough parts to your career. But you learned a great deal through it. Maybe you didn’t and don’t want to experience a career which you felt stuck in.
Here are three things to think about when you are picking a second career (or even a first one):
1. Think about what you enjoyed doing in your previous career and search out those type of jobs. This goes along way when helping you feel good about what you do for the 120,000 hours of your life you have working. Do what you love is not just a cliché but a mentality switch. Find out what drives you, what you enjoy doing and make it happen.
2. Get out of debt so whatever career you pick doesn’t have a price tag on your head. Financial pressure of having to make a high dollar amount of money can really drain your working life. Sell stuff, take on a part-time gig or reduce your lifestyle but get your debt under control.
3. Try out a few second career ideas and see what you like. Any career direction decision should be made AFTER you try out a job and see if you like it. Its kind of like trying on clothes for size. If too big or small you make concessions. A job selection is the same way. See if you can find a way to experience the day in the life first and then make your decision.
Second career choices can be tough. Keeping some general career principles in mind will help you make the right decision. Careers ebb and flow throughout your life. Enjoy the ride and realize the “experiment” it forces you into can be excellent for building your character.
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