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Changing Careers In Your 30's

Mar 2, 2008
You may have gone through a pretty rough period in your 20's. From going to college to starting a new job, there was probably a lot of bouncing around from one place to another in order for you to get the job that you wanted. You probably had multiple job options going for you at the same time but couldn't really figure out which was the right one for you.

However, now that you are in your 30's, you may be looking for a career that is rewarding and fulfilling, both in terms of finance and in personal satisfaction. First, you will need to understand that your wants and desires will keep growing and changing no matter how old you may be. Come to terms with yourself. Second, you have to shake the old belief that you must have one career and that you must stick with that career until you finally retire.

This belief was great in the days when companies weren't firing people, collapsing from poor management at alarming rates, or being outdated quickly by other, faster moving companies. Today, the workplace has become an entirely new place. Today, most companies lay off employees who are spending too much time in the company because they are paying them a lot more than newer employees.

Companies today would rather lay off a good employee who earns more and replace them with a newer, cheaper employee.

How to Secure a Good Career When You Are In Your 30's

The workforce of today is completely different from back in the 50's. Yes, the older generation believed in giving their employees pensions, raises and even retirement packages, but the businesses today tend to provide their worker with very little pay, no benefits and can actually fire you if you happen to be making too much money. What is the best way to secure a financial future? The best way to do this is make yourself look unique, especially if you are in your 30's you'll probably know what the competition is like out there. There are many ways to do this.

Start by getting to know yourself better and asking yourself where you have strengths and skills. Once you have figured out the answer to this question, you will be able to acknowledge the fact that what you are already good at can be expanded to suit your interests. For instance, if you happen to be a musician who plays the piano and you know you are good at it, then it would probably be wise to try out another instrument to see if you are equally good at this new skill! The basic reason for doing this is that in doing this, you are making yourself more marketable and not so easily replaceable.

The more knowledge you have with regards to your profession, the more sought after you will be. Every company wants a good employee, so a company might hire you, irrespective of your age, based on the fact that you could probably make money for them since you have more experience and knowledge in certain areas that most others don't.

The more marketable that you are as a potential employee, the more secure will be in your future job. However, always make sure that you have mastered your job well. Ask friends and accomplices to test you since they happen to be the best critics.

As a 30-something, you need not worry about changing careers in today's business world as most companies aren't as loyal oriented as you think. Companies prefer to hire workers who are willing to work for lower pay. What you must do is find a company that is more than willing to pay you what you deserve.

Don't worry about sticking on in that job for life since this most likely wont happen. If it is job security that you are looking for, then you should probably think again because job changes are very likely to happen often in the type of career market we have at this time.
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Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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