It’s heartbreaking and enormously frustrating to see people who’ve all but given up on their careers. They’ve become lulled into a sense of complacency by a comfortable salary, routine and a schedule that they’ve made to work for them. They’ve been working the same job for years or even decades and while their jobs afford them no real satisfaction or development. They aren’t gaining leadership skills or learning new ways to make their jobs more time or cost efficient, and as such they aren’t creating any opportunities for promotion. Quite simply, these people are stagnating. Ask them if they’d rather be somewhere (anywhere else) and they’ll likely give you an answer along the lines of;
“Oh sure, there’s lots of things I’d rather be doing, but I’m too old now. And we all know that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks!”
Not only is this inaccurate (for both people and dogs) but it’s heartbreaking to hear. The simple truth is that you’re never too old to pursue a career that brings you joy and a sense of reward beyond the monetary. Sure, it’s easier when we’re in the prime of our youth. Sure we have duties and responsibilities in our adult lives that make learning new skills, training for new challenges and making changes in our careers more complicated, but that’s absolutely no reason not to at least try.
Now is probably the best time to learn
Not only are your age and experience not an impediment to your career growth, they’re more than likely actually a boon. You may assume that the door to a new career is closed to you because of your circumstances, but it’s likely that it’s more open to you than ever. Here’s why…
E-Learning can prepare you for virtually any career
If the prospect of going back to school is simply unworkable for you, remember that this is the 21st century and campus learning is just one of many options available to you in the digital age. Whatever your dream job, you may be surprised to learn that very few jobs actually have upper age limits and you can gain the skills and knowledge to get a head start in them online. Just look at these online courses for police officers. You can learn around your existing work and family commitments.
You have skills and abilities you didn’t have when you were younger
Believe it or not, you’re most likely way more appealing to the employers who could change your life now than you were when you were in your teens or twenties. Employers want to entrust positions of responsibility to mature, intelligent, hard working and multi talented individuals with a strong work ethic. If you’ve already proven that you can hold down a full time job while raising kids and also pursuing extra curricular activities, this is likely to make you far more appealing to employers.
All you need is passion and discipline
Complacency is your greatest enemy in the world of work. Complacency can lead us to convince ourselves that our career goals are out of reach and that we’re better off treading water where we are. The truth, however, is that when you have passion and disciplined and are prepared to be tenacious, there’s nothing you can’t achieve… Whatever your age.