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How To Navigate A Mid-Life Career Change As A Parent

Going through a mid-life career change is challenging but doing it as a parent is on a whole new level of complexity. There’s not just yourself who is reliant on the money you earn, but you have a child or children that now rely on the money you bring into the home.

With that being said, it’s good to proceed with caution when it comes to navigating a mid-life career change as a parent. Here are some helpful tips that may help when making this career change in life.

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Consider what career you’d like to explore

What career path would you like to explore? This is the first question that you need to ask yourself before hopping, skipping and jumping into a new career. For example, are you interested in the legal service, or are you more interested in something hands-on, like running your own bakery? If the legal industry interests you, you can look on sites like Legal Services Jobs to find out more. It’s important to know what it is you’re looking to pursue and how viable it might be.

Chances are, you’ve already got an idea, however, that might not always be the case. It might be that there are in fact, you’re only just at the start of this journey so have yet to consider what type of career you’d like to move into next.

Talk it through with the family

Before taking on any type of new career path, whether it’s care jobs or starting a new business, it’s important to talk it through with the family.

The process of this transition might impact them in some way, whether it be financially or meaning that more family time has to be sacrificed. Does everyone feel comfortable with all of the above changes and anything else that might need to come with it?

Talk it all out with the family, or at least your partner.

Plan for gaining new skills or qualifications

Next up is the planning of skills and qualifications needed to pursue this career path in particular. It might not be the case for all career changes but chances are, there are going to be some new skills or qualifications that need to be gained before going for any role.

Try to gather intel on what you’ll need to put yourself in the best position and then work through acquiring the new skills and qualifications over a short or longer period of time.

Build a timeline for progression

In order to be successful, it’s important to build yourself a timeline for this progression you’ll be making. From finding the right career path to learning new skills and qualifications and sourcing a job.

Every step is a step closer towards that new career change but there are plenty of steps that you’ll need to get through before you get to the end. Don’t jump the gun by quitting your job and then realising you won’t get the new job until several months down the line.

Stick at it and don’t give up

Finally, stick at it. The road to a new career path in life is difficult at the best of times, so don’t give up until you’ve secured that new job.

It may take time but it’s worth it for your work satisfaction and happiness.

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