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|11 Feb|6 mins

Feel Like A Career Change? You’re Not Alone

What's your next move?
Elle Glass
11 Feb
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“What do you want to be?”

It’s the question we were asked countless times over the years. As a five-year-old, I had my heart set on a career as “a fireman’s girlfriend”. Later, as “a nurse” and later still, as “a giraffe”. Even though none of these really took off, it gets us thinking:

Is 'what do you want to be?' a question we should ever stop asking?

Advice
|11 Feb|6 mins

Feel Like A Career Change? You’re Not Alone

What's your next move?
Elle Glass
11 Feb
Share:

“What do you want to be?”

It’s the question we were asked countless times over the years. As a five-year-old, I had my heart set on a career as “a fireman’s girlfriend”. Later, as “a nurse” and later still, as “a giraffe”. Even though none of these really took off, it gets us thinking:

Is 'what do you want to be?' a question we should ever stop asking?

Thanks to Getty Images

Many already do. McCrindle Research’s Australia in 2020: A Snapshot of the Future forecasts Generation Z will have an average of six careers in their lifetime. Regular surveys by job site SEEK (among others) also reveal these changes directly correlate to an increase in wellbeing and overall happiness. So, why the change? For many, it's about looking for love.

This is the advice of Julia Child – the woman who showed us how to make bouillabaisse like a boss and the woman Julia & Julia was based on. She wasn’t always well-known for her time in the kitchen. Child had a career in advertising and, later on, in secret intelligence (!) before writing her first cookbook at the age of 50.

And she’s far from alone in those who have chosen to jump ship...

@schwarzenegger

“I told you I’d be back,” reads Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Instagram profile. And he meant it. Once a bodybuilder, he turned actor to take out Predator, and also tried his hand as the Governor of California. (PS. If you haven’t seen Pumping Iron, move it to the top of your to-do list.)

@terrycrews

Terry Crews – the man we know as the yoghurt-loving Sergeant on Brooklyn Nine-Nine – was once upon a time an NFL players in the mid 90s.

@marthastewart

Martha Stewart was a full-time model, and later, a Wall Street stockbroker before launching her empire.

Vera Wang? A figure skater.

Harrison Ford? A carpenter.

Dwayne The Rock Johnson? A linebacker and, later, a card-carrying member of the WWF.

@victoriabeckham

The list continues: Ellen used to be a paralegal, while Victoria Beckham, Posh Spice.

The winner so far? Barbie, with over 130 career changes. And the lesson? When it comes to the 'what do you do' question, it's a case of Choose Your Own Adventure.

So, what if you’re in the market for change? How do you make the move?

Ask, 'why?'
Why do you want to jump ship? Do you want more money? Want more flexible hours? Want to run your own show? Want to work with animals? Want to work outdoors? No matter what the reason is, write it down. Make sure at each stage of your journey, you circle back to this.

Know how you want to spend your time
Sit down and work out exactly what it is you want to do for eight hours (and some) a day.

Do your homework
What opportunities align with what you really way to do? Talk to those who are doing what you want to be doing. What does their day-to-day look like? Know, realistically, what kind of pay bracket you'd be jumping into.

Make the move
Look at how you can move into those roles. It doesn't have to be a right-away kind of affair. Sometimes you make your move in a few changes, be it cutting down your current role to part time while your volunteer in your new industry or going back to school.

Elle Glass
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