Changing careers in your 30s?
After building my career throughout my 20s and making it to a fairly good position, turning 30 got me questioning why I still feel unfulfilled. I felt I had done everything the “right” way so why do I still feel I could do more. In one of my recent conversations with a friend, we jokingly teased that if we weren’t getting paid we wouldn’t be doing the job we are currently doing. The thought of being solely money-driven has been playing on my mind for a while and it got me thinking, what is/are my passion(s) and what exactly will make me fulfilled in my job. This led me to start thinking about changing careers in my 30s, whether it is feasible? Is it even worth it, will it guarantee me being fulfilled? So many questions but no straightforward answers.
My background in Economics and Finance has been something I thoroughly enjoy studying and wouldn’t mind doing it again. However, just because I enjoy something does that equate to it being my passion? I also enjoy dancing but I don’t ever intend to have a dancing career. So, this got me thinking… enjoying something is only a part of the jigsaw, other elements are also required to know if you are truly passionate about something. For me, I started looking at how I contribute to society and in my local area; I quickly realised I don’t contribute at all. Contributing is not always monetary, in fact it can be you offering your time, efforts, resources, skills etc… practically anything that pertains to you, where you willingly provide freely to others. After some soul searching and research, I narrowed down my passions. I started looking at careers that not only pay well but I would be contributing to society and to my local area.