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Where Could You Be a Year from Today?

Posted Monday, Dec 17, 2018 by Altierus

Tired of going from job to job, but wondering whether it’s too late to change your career? We’re here to tell you it absolutely isn’t, and if you start today, you could be on an entirely new career path in less than a year.

Read on for some inspiration that will help you get ready to move on to bigger things.

Age is Just a Number

Over 21 and worried it’s too late to train for new possibilities? Rest assured, if you make the decision to head to college as a mature adult, you’re not alone. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, over 7.8 million college students were over the age of 25 in 2016.[i]

Another thing to keep in mind is that not everything in life happens on a prescribed timetable. Remember that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was on welfare until her first book was published when she was 31.[ii] And Harland Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, was well into his 40s when he decided to close his gas station and start cooking chicken full time. He was 72 when he sold KFC to investors for millions of dollars.[iii]

All you have to do is find a path, commit, and do the work needed to progress.

Explore Your Options

Finding a path can be easier said than done, however. If you’re not sure what you want to do, make the time to think it over. You can also find an independent career counselor in your area or take aptitude tests online.

If you contact Altierus Career College about enrolling as a student with us, our admissions representatives can help you identify your strengths and match them to potential career training options available at our campuses.

Find Your Support Network

Nobody achieves anything completely alone. You will need support from friends, family, and the wider community if you’re going to make the change to a new career path. This can be difficult if you work and have children or other family members who depend on you for care.

Look for an educational community that provides practical assistance to help you balance work, school, and life. Altierus students can get assistance finding child care and other support through their campus student support teams.

One Step Every Day

The prospect of making a total change in your life can seem so overwhelming. That’s why it’s a good idea to break your goal down into smaller achievable pieces, or “chunks”.[iv] For the “get into career training” chunk, your tasks might look like this:

  • This week: Browse some programs and schools that interest you
  • Next week: Talk to admissions representatives and get more information about programs
  • The week after that: Gather the information you need to apply and start your application

One logical, small step at a time, and before you know it, you’ll be enrolled and taking classes. In as few as eight months, you could graduate with the qualification you need for new career opportunities!

Don’t Give Up!

Finally, accept right from the very start that you’re going to want to quit—even more than once, or a few times. Tell yourself, “Yes, this is scary, but staying where I am right now for years without ever trying to make a change would be even scarier.

Remember that saying, “Feel the fear, but do it anyway”? Pushing beyond our comfort zones is how we grow into the people we’re meant to be. It’s a state that psychologists call “optimal anxiety.”[v]

Feel afraid, make mistakes—but don’t give up!

Get Started Today

There’s a lot you could do in the next 365 days. Contact Altierus Career College today to start exploring your options and planning your path to a new career. Get in touch now!

[i] https://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d16/tables/dt16_303.40.asp?current=yes

[ii] https://www.thrillist.com/entertainment/nation/11-people-who-achieved-success-after-age-30#

[iii] https://www.biography.com/people/colonel-harland-sanders-12353545

[iv] https://www.talentedladiesclub.com/articles/how-to-chunk-big-goals-down-into-achievable-steps/

[v] https://lifehacker.com/the-science-of-breaking-out-of-your-comfort-zone-and-w-656426705

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