How to Embark on Career Change in Your Mid-to-Late-Twenties: I’ll Show You How It’s Possible
Did someone say career change?
Yeah, this guy, right here, challenging mainstream thought, said career change.
As you all know, I started My Freedom Flame to document a career change at twenty-seven from fitness trainer to indie author/writer.
If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll find I’ve also shared my Libertarian Thought and take on Global Affairs. All of which can be intertwined into one giant topic of the following:
Self-reliance: Pursuing passion, holding one’s self accountable to one’s self, and not some big brother corporate structure or government entity.
Challenge the hell out of mainstream thought. Take what the corporate-owned, government-backed media relays to the masses with a grain of salt.
Promote individualist values, which are needed to pursue passion and, as stated above challenge mainstream thought.
Today is going to be one of my ‘How to’ posts, which tend to be popular among my viewership.
So, today’s lesson is how to embark on career change in your mid-to-late-twenties.
Okay, so there’s something about your current job you don’t like.
Ditto, we’re in the same boat.
If you read back on my earlier posts, I didn’t mind working as a fitness trainer. The flexible hours, gaps in the day, and lifestyle attracted me to the gig.
Then they started treating us fitness freaks like salespeople and worried about one thing: Sales. Hey, I get it, it’s a business, but I’ve worked under far more effective business models which generated fitness sales without the sales word coming across us trainers.
We trained, the managers sold, and the club made seven-figures.
And we became one of the top training gyms in the nation…in Weirton, West Virginia. It wasn’t Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Fort Lauderdale, or anywhere else with a hot fitness scene. Google Weirton right now.
Yeah, a gym in that small town became one of the most recognizable in the country in its national (international these days) chain.
How to Embark on Career Change
As those of you following me for some time all know, I picked writing back up as a hobby in mid-2015 and it returned to passion status in late-2016.
Now, it’s an all-out blitz from trainer to writer/author.
I knew something had to be done.
Here is a list of steps you can take right now if you’re interested in career change.
1. Be proactive: Many of us will Google other jobs or think of what we’re passionate about after a bad day. No, always keep in mind what those bad days feel like and be proactive. I don’t care if you had a string of good days. Be proactive and research what you want today.
2. It starts with research: You aren’t going to get anywhere fast without sound research. If I didn’t research the writing market, I never would’ve produced a high-quality e-book and print book.
I never would’ve written a polished manuscript the way I did. I never would’ve known how to self-edit this day and age. I never would’ve known what copywriting meant, or anything. While I’m not yet an expert, I’m placing myself far ahead of the curve.
3. Accept the fact you’re going to make mistakes: In 2017, I made a million mistakes.
I learned from them and have yet to repeat any.
You’re going to make mistakes and many won’t embark on what they want out of fear of making mistakes or failing. Both are inevitable.
You’re going to fail a few times and make hundreds of thousands of mistakes. It’s how you learn.
4. Learn to persevere: This is a tough one for me, because I’m a perfectionist and Step Three was tough music to face.
But, once I faced it, I learned mistakes and failing are good things, because one doesn’t truly fail unless they throw in the towel.
So, treat your failures as success and as wins, ditto for mistakes, because it’s how you build an empire in career change.
5. Do things slowly: Research one or two topics in your desired career per week. Don’t cram information into your mind. I did this early on and as a result, I suffered a setback (See Steps 3 and 4). Don’t repeat my mistake. Focus on one or two topics at a time, become well-rounded in them, and move on to others.
6. Find a mentor: Even if you don’t know any mentors in your area, we live in the digital age. There’s no excuse. For example, there aren’t many indie-authors living in the area, or even published authors, or anyone I know personally making a living off writing.
So, I went online and discovered the Jerry Jenkins Writers’ Guild.
It changed my writing for the better. People may or may not love my stories, messages, plots, or themes, but I’ve yet to come across someone stating they didn’t like my books because of poor writing. Some can’t wait to point out my blog typos, but I rarely give these a second look. I’m writing my actual thoughts as they occur so you guys, in a way, can see how I think and write in real time.
7. Learn different styles: Take writing, for example. A journalist writes short sentences and paragraphs. A novelist writes in ways those reading their genre expect. If you write academic papers, there are different formats, like APA and MLA. Whatever your desired field, be sure to know there are different styles and different avenues.
Again, when it comes to writing, a copywriter and a technical writer are going to conform to different styles.
8. Build your resume: Yes, I was once in the same boat. When it comes to resume-building, my accomplishments were all fitness, fitness, and more fitness.
These days, I have a novel, a novella, and an active blog that’s growing each day.
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Seven months ago, none of this existed. Now that I’m looking to guest post and freelance since my novel and novella are out (Northern Knights and Fighting Tyranny, see side-bar).
And I’ll bet you a bundle I’ll be in a different place seven months from today. Within fourteen months, I’ll have given my resume a complete makeover. Time flies, especially as we age.
Above are my eight steps to successful career change. Bear in mind, these eight steps are for people beginning their career change. When I become a seasoned veteran in this topic, I’ll post another blog and again, when I’m an expert in the field.
It’s a process, and the beginning stages will take a good fourteen months if one follows the steps provided above.
Also remember that you need to treat this like a full-time job, no less. What I mean is you’re going to give forty-hours, or as close to forty as you can give to this if you’re serious about career change.
What are you waiting for?
Get out there, start changing your career today, so in a year’s time (if that if you’re lucky) you can hand your boss a pink slip, informing them of their termination.