Good morning Dinks. Let’s take a quick poll, how many of us are in our dirty thirties? Now here’s a follow up question, how many of you have made a career change in your thirties? I know I have…twice! I’m not sure if it was a 30 year old crisis or I was just following my chosen path in life but nevertheless I am happy in my career.
Changing careers is not as simple as may sound. There are pros and cons to doing it, but trust me when I say the little bumps are worth the happiness in the end.
It’s O.K. to try something new
Just because you’ve always done it doesn’t mean you have to keep doing it. I spent the majority of my career working as a financial planner in a bank branch. I was used to dealing with clients and managing money. I spent ten years of my adult life from 19 to 29 working with numbers in banking. After the market crash I decided I didn’t want to it anymore so I started blogging about it.
To make a long story short blogging turned into a new career for me. I started writing web site copy for financial firms and I started blogging daily right here on Dinks Finance. This turned in to more opportunities and before I knew it I was making a living writing – something I’ve always loved to do.
Leaving a life behind is scary
The thought of being an adult and leaving your whole life behind to try something new is scary, especially when you have rent and bills to pay. I knew if I was really going to commit to a new career change in my thirties I had to do it right.
I went back to school to study communications and journalism and I applied for a full time position as a writer with an international investment firm. This was it, I did it. I changed careers from being a financial planner to being a full time writer.
If you’re not happy then make a change
I loved my new job. Working in a creative environment was very different than working in an environment driven by numbers and sales. I liked the job flexibility and I loved not being judged on how much money I could squeeze out of clients.
There are still moments when I look back at my old life and wonder what type of person I would be if I had stayed in personal finance. Some days I do miss it, the suits and prestige that come with being a financial planner, but trust me I’m much happier working from home in my jeans than I ever was working in a bank.
Sometimes the change will find you
Seven months ago my company was sold to a competitor and all of a sudden I didn’t know if I would have a job. Of course the thought that I would have to go back into financial planning crossed my mind and made me a little sick. That’s how I knew I made the right decision to change careers.
About four months after the announcement a manager at the new employer contacted me and asked what type of position I was looking for within the new company. I explained my background and mentioned that I loved what I was doing.
He told me about a new position that included working as a financial planner (sort of), a writer as well as a social media manager. And just like that my second career change took place without me even looking for it.
Over the years blogging became about social media activity just as much as it did writing. My experience in those two fields combined with the fact that I worked as a financial planner made me the perfect candidate to develop and lead a social media program for financial advisors. Here we are today, I am a social media consultant for an international investment firm.
Have you made a career change in your thirties?