Be Brave And Make That Change

 

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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!

[Liza]

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7 thoughts on “Be Brave And Make That Change

  1. When I moved to Singapore from London a year and a half ago at the age of 52, people kept telling me how brave I was…it didn’t feel brave at all, it just felt like a chance to stop thinking that I would still be sitting in the same office for another 15 years. As a teacher it is increasingly hard to get jobs when you are beyond your 30s – too expensive, too cynical…That can’t be good for anyone. I think my ex-colleagues are equally pleased to have a new face and perspective in their department although they were scared as well at first, and some thought I was completely mad. Of course I was lucky that the chance came along, but I still had to make the decision to go for an interview, and it was unbelievably scary. Having to prepare for an interview after so long takes a lot of guts, I discovered. When I was offered the job I had to get into my car and drive around for half an hour before I could manage to break the news. I am now incredibly happy in my new job, working far harder than I ever have before, but also so pleased to be able to reinvent myself to a certain extent. My daughter is only 12 so she is now having a chance to see people and places that I never even dreamed of when I was her age, so a large part of my big change was for her, even though it was a pretty big gamble – what if she hated every second of it? What if She didn’t make friends? But her life in Singapore is a dream compared to South London, and she is confident and independent in ways that would never have been possible. Do it!

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    1. Boz that is such an inspiring story, moving jobs is scary enough let alone moving countries! So many people talk about making these changes but never get round to it. I have nothing but admiration for you. People READ this and be inspired!

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  2. Wow! what a great move. It takes a lot of guts to do that.Study well. Ha!ha!ha I am always proud of Moms who took the courage to really find out what is best for themselves and who do not define themselves poorly by their age.It doesn’t really matter if your 80 or 20, what matter most is what you do with your life today. And as they say, do something you love and live a life that shows it!Good luck

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  3. I did my degree as a mature student and agree entirely that you make so much more of the opportunities when you are doing it by choice. My only regret is that because I too had small children at home, I did not get involved in the social side of things as I was always rushing home to pick up the kids from school.

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      1. Although I tried to study after they’d gone to bed and was always there are the school gate, when I graduated my kids’s response was “hurrah, now you can play with us more!” How guilty did I feel!

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