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Paving a career path of ‘no regrets’…

Paving a career path of 'no regrets'...

How many people suddenly wake up one day and think “I wish I’d become a …” or “I really wish I had gone down that path …”? Perhaps it’s even happened to you. I know for a fact it’s happened to me.

Many years ago my brother was working successfully in the field of fibre optical engineering and realised that he really wanted to be a lawyer. Today he is the in-house legal counsel for a major telco. Another friend of mine was a very successful vet, had a “quarter life crisis” and is now running a very lucrative change management business.

It’s often said that “anything’s possible”. And when it comes to your career, as long as you are prepared to do what it takes to make the change – and this can often include learning new skills, obtaining new qualifications (which can take years), or perhaps totally re-inventing yourself – it’s never too late.

Your career is one thing in life that (for the most part) you really can control and it really should be one of personal successes and achieving milestones – not one of regrets.

I was talking to a colleague of mine just the other night. She’s been a Group Account Director at some of the biggest advertising agencies (here in Australia and in the UK) for over 15 years. Out of the blue she told me she is going to study to become a yoga teacher. She’s got it all worked out.

Before changing paths, the key to successfully managing any career change is to know exactly what you need to do to make it happen. Is there any further study involved? If so, is it full-time or is it a course you can undertake after hours or weekends. Realistically how long will it take? What will it cost you? Is there a chance you will need to relocate to get the best experience?

Shifting from a legal career to become a PHP Developer can’t happen overnight. Nor for that matter can a move from a personal trainer to a landscape architect or pastry chef. But if you know what you need to do to make the change, you plan the transition seriously, and are fully aware of the personal and financial investment required to get you there, then realistically nothing should stand in your way.

I am sure many Firebrand blog followers have at least at one point visualised themselves having taken an entirely different path? Would you like to share your story?

Remember… no regrets!

p.s. … And for anyone who might be wondering what path I (still) wish I had taken, I always wanted to be a talk show host. And hey, if Rove is (supposedly) making it in LA, maybe there’s still a glimmer of hope!

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