Tips For Changing Careers In Your 30’s
Published on November 17, 2016

Tips For Changing Careers In Your 30’s

If you’re looking to change careers in your 30’s, chances are, the vision you had for your life in your 20’s or when you finished University hasn’t quite worked out as you planned. That’s ok, you’re not alone!

Did you know that over 70% of people hate their job, and of those, 17% actively sabotage the success of the companies they work for!?

We spend approximately eight hours a day sleeping, eight hours working in jobs we hate, two hours commuting back and forth to those jobs, and a staggering two hours a day on devices. When you put it into perspective, there’s not much time left!

As human’s, we have a need to contribute to our community, so it’s vital we spend our time doing something we’re passionate about.

Tips For Changing Careers In Your 30’s

At Live it Now we have a saying; ‘Your passion is your compass, money follows passion.

This doesn’t mean sitting around eating pizza and drinking wine from the bottle.

What this means is find that one thing that, if money were no object, you would do for free.

You see, money is just a resource, it’s a way for you to be able to help more people. I would love to coach people all day every day for free! However, by charging for my services I can put on bigger events, hire more staff, and have an advertising budget that helps me reach more people. By charging, I am moving closer to my vision of making the world a better place, one person at a time.

So how can you find your passion?

Do some self-assessment

If you’re changing careers in your 30’s you need to self-audit your career situation first. What are your values around employers or industries? What hours do you like to work? Do you need a flexible working arrangement for your family? What would you do for free? Answering these questions will help you identify the kind of role you should be aiming for.

If you want to work for a company, it’s time to start researching employers that have the same values as you do. If it’s time to start your own business, you need to get clear on what it is you want to be doing, what you would be excited about working on for 16 hours a day in the first few months!

Assess Your Transferable Skills

When I was starting out as a life coach I looked at corporate jobs as a University. I wasn’t there for the money, I was there for what they could teach me. If you’re in your 30’s and looking to change careers, a key step is to make a list of the skills you have picked up along the way.

Without thinking too hard, you will probably have a list that includes skills in different operating systems, communication, training, negotiations, time management, and more!

Then, you look at areas you need to improve.

If you’re scared of sales, go out and get a sales job with a low retainer and high commission, then get out there and sell! Figure out what works, write it in a journal, and add it to the list of skills you’re obtaining from the University of Life.

While you may not have direct experience in the field you’re looking to break into, examining your skill set and working out what you can use in your new career is still a highly valuable exercise.

Improve Yourself

If we’re not growing, we’re sliding.

It’s impossible to know everything, so by staying in the role of the student or apprentice, we are continually learning and growing.

By completing personal development courses and creating a personal development plan, you’re investing in the #1 asset you possess: You.

After completing our Live it Now programme, 30% of people have received a pay rise in the first month! This happens because they have invested in themselves, and they have discovered their true worth.

After you have worked out what it is you want to do, research what you need to get there, and become the student again.

Volunteer In Your Niche

In high school, I remember we had to do a week of work experience to get a taste for what working in the real world would be like. Universities do the same, sending second and third-year students out on placements.

The fastest way to learn something is by doing it!

At Live it Now we have so many aspiring coaches who volunteer their time as crew because they want to get experience in coaching people, and learn first-hand from some of the best coaches in the country.

Once you have uncovered the niche you want to work in, contact companies in that niche and volunteer your time in exchange for the experience. This is a perfect way to make sure the career you’re interested in is for you!

Is It Time For A Career Change?

If you’re one of the 17% who actively sabotages success in the workplace, it’s definitely time for a career change. You clearly don’t care about the company you work for, and similar companies in the industry will have similar values as the one you’re already in.

The majority of the population are not doing something they are passionate about.  Continuing to work in an industry that you’re not interested in will lead to disconnection. Disconnection with self, disconnection with loved ones. If you resonate with this feeling, consider changing careers or find a way to care. Connection can’t be turned on like a tap, so if we’re disconnected in the office we will be disconnected at home too.

Coaching As A Career Change

So many people come to Live it Now looking to change careers in their 30’s, but having no idea what they want to do.

That’s perfect!

Throughout the Live it Now weekend we work with people to uncover their passion. For a lot of people, they want to help, contribute, and make a difference. One of the most powerful ways of doing this is by becoming a life coach!

Through life coaching, you work with so many different people in so many areas of life, and develop so many skills that finding your passion becomes easy. Very quickly you will work out what the #1 problem people have that you have the skills to solve. You will become so excited and so engaged in what you’re doing, you will be leaping out of bed when the alarm goes off, ready to serve.

Changing careers in your 30’s is a big life decision and it’s completely natural to feel overwhelmed. If you would like help discovering your passion and building a team of people ready to support you in this next phase of your life, join us at Live it Now and let’s take action!

Kindest regards,

Matt Catling

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