Its never too late to change your career, I know that because its what I did.
My children were all at school and I was desperate to try something new, but the problem was I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do and I think my confidence was a little low. What I did know was that job satisfaction was more important to me than a huge salary. So with a little persuasion from a friend and more than a few nerves I decided to go to an NHS career fair to get some ideas about what might be out there for me as a mother of three, looking for a new start.
The response I got was incredible, I was amazed at the respect there was towards my ‘life skills’ and the positive attitude there seemed to be for mothers returning to the workplace.
Before I knew it I had an interview, got a brand new job with an offer to be sponsored to study for a degree, which would in turn give me a completely new career. Obviously it was daunting at first, especially as an older woman going to university alongside mainly fresh faced young things, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that not only were there other mature students, I wasn’t the oldest by quite a few years!
I think there is a lot to be said for returning to study as an older person; you are there because you want to be, no one is forcing you. I was so grateful for the opportunity and found I was more focussed than my younger self and so determined to make the most of the chance to change my future, and I did, with a lot of blood, sweat and tears I got through it and gave myself a new lease of life.
I think the point I am trying to make is if you feel hopelessly trapped in your current situation or maybe you’re just a bit bored, then be brave and change it, if I can do it then anyone can!