what do you want to be when you grow up?…

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27/11/2010 by Sarah Ritchie

If you could change your career now, what would you do? Lucky you if you answered “nothing different…I love my career“. Bravo!

Me, I always wanted to be a zookeeper (guess I dipped out big time there!). After 20 years in the design business I wonder what I will be doing for the next 20 years until I retire.

My friend suggested I could be a high school art and design teacher. That would suit me (visually) very well. I wouldn’t have to worry about dying my greying hair, nor worry about the natural frizz that creeps in without straightening irons. I could wear outrageously-coloured clothes and long, flowing skirts. I could show a kooky, effervescent character without any fear of receiving odd looks. Perfect! Where do I sign up?

I know of at least eight, 40+ year old friends who are looking to change careers! It’s a stressful time for them all, especially in this economic climate where other younger, more skilled applicants abound. I am not sure if society would have accepted radical career changes in previous generations, when folks were expected to stay in one career for life.

The older I get the less willing I am to settle for doing a job that I don’t enjoy. If the enthusiasm goes, if it’s practical to do so and if the jobs are available, then I say to find a job (or career) where you can thrive and contribute and use the skill set unique to you (better for you AND your boss). We spend the majority of our waking hours at work. We’ve got to be able to enjoy them!


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