In his 1943, American psychologist Abraham Maslow published a paper called “A Theory of Human Motivation”. In it, he described the needs that drive and motivate people and arranged them in a tidy pyramid, from basic needs (food and shelter) to higher-level needs (like self-actualisation).
The Maslow hierarchy of needs, as his diagram came to be known, is still studied by psychologists and business leaders to this day.
The reason we bring this up is because we are strong believers in Maslow’s idea that the key to finding happiness is about more than just having food, shelter and money (although those are certainly important as well!)
With most of us spending approximately a quarter of our entire lives at work, the careers we choose for ourselves can’t be ignored when it comes to finding happiness and leading satisfying lives.
So if you feel your current career trajectory isn’t giving you this, a career change might be on the cards.
Whether you’re 25 or 55, there’s no such thing as “too late”!
It’s never too late to make a (career) change!
For many of us, the career path we chose for ourselves can be our greatest regret. There are many reasons we mightn’t feel 100% satisfied with our current direction:
- Maybe you didn’t have any other options at the time
- Your current career path might be the result of a snap decision
- What you once thought would be a rewarding career might have turned out to not be quite as exciting as you initially thought
- You may feel like you tapped out your current job
Changing career paths is a major life decision. Naturally, you’ll want to think it through before you commit. Here are just some things you might have to consider before going all-in:
Money, money, money!
Yes, the decision to change careers isn’t always about the money. While your focus should rightly be on finding personal satisfaction and development, you should also remember to think about your finances.
Like any other major decision involving finances, ask yourself whether your wallet can take the hit. There are the expenses that come with retraining and re-qualifying to consider – not to mention, time is money! Time spent retraining yourself or knocking on doors is time you won’t be spending earning money.
The choice between training for a new career and looking for new work versus continuing to stay in your current career isn’t always a zero-sum game. But it can certainly make your life difficult in the meantime!
For many of us, the decisions we make with our careers don’t just impact us – they impact our families as well. Many of us can’t afford to be selfish – literally!
Children can complicate your decision. As a parent, you have a responsibility to look after your kids, and a career change can put significant pressure on your ability to do so. And then there’s schooling, sport and hobbies to consider. Should you wait until the kids are moved out?
It’s also important to consider the potential impact on your spouse. Is your spouse earning enough to support your family while you change career? Is it fair to put the burden of winning bread solely on your significant other?
Chances are you haven’t had that much time to evaluate your life and career. And between work, kids and everything else, we don’t blame you!
If your goal is to change into a career which you find rewarding, interesting or satisfying, you need to start by knowing yourself – where you want to go, what you wish you had done… and above all else, what makes you happy.
One thing you should always avoid if possible is changing careers for petty reasons – golden handcuffs are a very real thing!
While there may be money to be made in changing career paths, choosing a new direction solely because of the potential earnings could very well send you right back where you started – unsatisfied, uninterested and unmotivated!
Interested in a career change? Thinking about studying childcare?
Enjoy a rewarding career in an ever-growing industry… no matter your age
A common piece of advice most of us have probably heard is to try to live our lives without regrets.
But try as we might, it’s not always possible to ignore those gnawing feelings!
Fortunately, it’s never too late learn, and it’s never too late to change your direction! Whether you’re 25 or 55, there are plenty of pathways you can pursue to set yourself down a different course.
If early childhood education and child care is a career path that interests you or one you might find satisfaction or happiness in, get in touch with Southern Solutions today!
Our course advisors recognise your previous education and life skills, accelerating the retraining process and getting you into a rewarding childcare industry sooner! And our flexible payment options reduce the financial burden of training as an early childhood professional.
Our comprehensive childcare courses provide great opportunities in the childcare industry. If this sounds like the career for you, don’t wait! Why not get started today?