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In the changing world of the twenty-first century, it is no longer “the thing” to go to school, pick your career, and climb the corporate ladder in the same field until you retire. A new movement is rising, with some people choosing multiple careers as early as when at the university, and almost 90% of citizens making a career change before the age of fifty. Picking a second career serves multiple purposes; it may offer a refreshing change of scene for the worker as well as allowing him or her to utilize the talents, interests, and hobbies that have previously lain at the wayside of the foremost career.
This rise in multiple careers is largely influenced by the new boom of the technology era, which has elevated multitasking to a whole new level. An explosion of computer-related jobs – web design, graphics, computer programming, tech assistance, work-from-home jobs, and online blogging or writing among them – has allowed many people to decide on a second career from their home computer while still maintaining their day jobs.
Education and Secondary Careers
A second, and perhaps even more important, reason for the rise in secondary careers is the Western availability of higher learning to people from all ways and walks of life, including of course well-past college age. Opportunities that were formerly available only to the young and fresh – those just out of high school – are now widely available to the general population, particularly those who have had to put their education on hold for job-related, family, or personal reasons.
The expansion of mass media and particularly the Internet has, of course, strongly aided this rise in alternative secondary education for a variety of reasons. The most important is the availability of online courses, which allow an individual to actually complete coursework and even earn a degree from home while still functioning in their other daily obligations, such as work, family, and other interests. This allows students to work at their own pace – a degree may be completed in as little as a year with concentrated work, or may take several years as the person works, plays, and lives with secondary educational coursework forming just one more item on their list.
Who Should Consider a Secondary Career?
People consider a second career for a variety of reasons. Some may be unfulfilled in their current jobs, and long to do something more interesting, challenging, profitable, flexible, etc. Others may not be discontent with their jobs at all, but may simply be interested in another field, or in adding to their repertoire. Still others enjoy a hobby or interest that, if focused upon, could become a profitable and enjoyable interest.
The American devotion to capitalism, combined with the rising hordes of online businesses, combine to make the last option very appealing to many individuals in the work field. A stay-at-home mom or teacher who writes stories for their children or students may be the perfect candidate to invest in becoming a children’s book writer, while someone who knits or sews may utilize an online venue to sell their individual creations or go back to school to pursue a career in fashion design. The onset of the Online Store means that an individual can offer a product (or service) without having to be present or hire someone to be present to sell – all you have to do is set up the shelves (or pictures), and wait for the customers to come.
Deciding on a Secondary Career
Here, of course, is the tricky part – how do you decide what career is right for you, and what careers are best for someone pursuing a secondary option in the workplace? The answer to this is as flexible and varied as humanity itself. The sky’s the limit when it comes to picking a second job; whether you’re looking to sell beaded bracelets or go to law school, there are innumerable options for people seeking a new career.
It is always a good idea to do your homework, looking into possible career options and comparing them to your current situation. Ask yourself questions such as, “What do I want from this job that I am not getting in my current job? Is the pay the same, and, if not, am I willing to make the lifestyle change that come with changing jobs? Do I want to quit one job and move directly into another, or transition from one to the other as quietly as possible?”
One study states that most Americans will change careers at least twice during their lifetime, and other estimates reveal that many people will have as many as seven different careers! Whatever your goal is, chances are, you’re not alone. When looking at options for a second career, it may be as simple as taking the same steps you took for your first career – examining your interests, comparing financial costs and gain, and obtaining the education necessary to function in your desired post.