Lack of Education?

by Cynthia

My biggest concern is lacking the education and/or experience to even get started. I'm part-way to a Bachelor's degree but in the meantime kids have to be fed, college funds need to be built and the bills need to be paid. How much does a person really have to sacrifice to get a career change going? Is there any way to avoid having to start completely over again?

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Lack of Education?
by: Cherry

You mention your concern about lack of education to get started. Well, I guess it depends what you want to do. Sure, you need a degree for jobs like doctor or lawyer, but for many jobs, most employers are more impressed by a positive, can-do attitude than long lists of qualifications.

Career change does not have to involve stopping Career 1 on a Friday and starting a totally different Career 2 the next Monday. Many career changes are a sideways slide where you can carry on using the skills and experience you have in a new context. It may be a job change rather than a career change that is needed. (See this page on my website
http://www.how-to-change-careers.com/job-career-change.html)

And actually you never start completely over again - because you will always take with you a wealth of life and work experience to any new field you move into so you will not enter it as a total newbie.

Sounds to me like you are already taking very bold and positive action by doing your Bachelors degree which will put you right up there above all those job applicants who have not shown a commitment to further study. And while you are not working, it is a great time to get out and talk to people about the field of work you are interested in and maybe doing some volunteering too. Yes, networking - but not the sort where you have to go to a meeting and wear a suit. Look out for any women's networking groups near you - women are always so supportive and encouraging - and mums at the school gate can be a fantastic resource too.

Just one small action every day is all it needs. And a commitment to keep on going. If you stumble, just take the lesson and move on.

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by: Anonymous

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