A famous business tycoon by the name of Jack Ma once said, “When you are 30 to 40 years old, if you want to do something yourself, do it. You still can afford to lose, to fail.” So switching jobs in your 30s might not be a bad idea after all. Surveys show that nearly three-fourths of professionals in their 30s still consider changing careers. This is also proven by several successful personalities who have dared to make significant career shifts even in their mid-adult lives.
While most employees in their 30s are likely doing well in their chosen fields, it is still inevitable to develop a feeling of stagnation. Generally, it takes years before employees in supervisory or managerial levels to get promoted again. Meanwhile, some might be prompted to seek other opportunities due to monetary concerns, while some might have lost their interest in their current jobs.
Whatever your reason is, note that changing jobs at your age entails a lot of courage, grit, planning, and preparation. So if one day, you wake up and suddenly want to pursue your dream of becoming a business broker, think long and hard about it and consider these important points:
Before quitting your job, make sure to assess your current financial situation first. Ideally, you should have savings that will last you for at least three to six months—unless you already have a new job lined up. Switching to an entirely new industry might also mean that you have to set aside funds for additional schooling, certificate programs, and other supplementary training.
Job Description and Qualifications
Learn as much as you can about the new job you wish to pursue. At least have an idea of what your duties would be, how much your potential earnings would be, and possible challenges that you would face. If you have a target company in mind, do your research about it too. This way, you would know what skills you need to acquire or improve on. Basically, it’s undergoing the job-hunting process once again.
Even if you’re switching industries, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to start from scratch. With a job experience of a decade or more, you’ve likely developed a strong skill set by now. The next thing to do is to understand how you can apply these skills to another industry. In terms of drafting your resume, be sure to use the “language” or jargons of the industry you’re looking into. This way, you can prove that you’ve done your research, and your resume won’t seem like it’s intended for another industry.
Universities are now offering various online courses and certificate programs. This makes learning about other subject areas easier and more convenient. Make sure to invest in these programs to equip you with adequate knowledge and skills needed for your next job.
Personal and Professional Network
It’s best to consult your family or friends who are in the same line of work that you want to pursue. As practitioners, they can give you more than just the theories or principles about the job. Likewise, this can increase your chances of being referred to or endorsed to the job.
Seeking other opportunities is not entirely a bad thing. This only means that you’re still yearning for growth and development even in your 30s. It’s never too late to pursue your passion. Come to think of it, if you plan on retiring at 60, you still have another 30 years to work for it. Indeed, three decades are not a short period.