If you have been thinking about changing careers, here is some quick inspiration for you about successful people who proved it is never too late to change careers. If you are wondering when it is too late for YOU to change careers, we offer some advice.
Important to note: This is not a blog about “being too old”. In fact, some people at a very young age believe they cannot change careers because they paid for an education in a certain industry.
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What most people often forget about changing careers is that most of the time they will have to repeat the same steps taken for building their first career. For example:
- Agreeing to be paid less regardless of knowledge and experience
- Agreeing to take necessary business courses, training, and education
- Taking some “humble pills” for a dosage of humility
The reality is if you are starting over in a new career and your old career involves experience that is no longer applicable, you are technically entry-level in this new career. No one falls into a new career with a whole new set of skills overnight, then suddenly gets paid an executive-level salary. There are others who worked hard already at a career you are now trying to break into. They have the advantage over you when it comes to skills, knowledge, and salary.
Education and business courses
Many CEO’s, especially serial entrepreneurs, understand that if you want to start a career in a new industry, you first need the proper education and business courses to make it happen.
For example, a CEO or serial entrepreneur who wants to step up his/her game in business administration or project management, so they attend Stanford Business School before starting a new business in a new career.
It takes more than knowing “what to do”. They have to know “how to do it”. So, they go back to school like any other student and learn certain skills required for a new career in a new industry. You can see from the article shared above that many who started new careers made a point of first educating themselves on how an industry operates.
Dose of humility
The saying goes:
“I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.” - Socrates
The smartest, most successful people in this world will be the first to tell you when they are not informed enough to make a decision; a professional way of saying, “I have no idea. I need to find out.”
Ironically, the smarter a person thinks they are the more likely they are to limit what they can learn. When people have knowledge or skills in a certain career, of course, they can say that they know how to do something. When presented with a new career in which they have no training or experience, the person who believes they have nothing to learn is the one who needs a dose of humility.
The reality is...We all know what we know until we know better. Then, we can do better.
When is it too late to change careers?
It depends on what you are willing to do to get what you want. You can say it is too late to change careers the day that you decide you have nothing more to learn, know everything, and will never take a pay cut to start over in a new career.
The definition of “too late”, therefore, is all in your mind!