Multiple careers are better than one! Imagine you were a milkman, elevator operator, switchboard operator and typist; you would be out of work! I remember attending my children’s college orientation when the university chancellor said “we are not training you for a specific job, but for multiple careers”. The purpose of higher education is to teach you how to think. Welcome to the 21st century!
It used to be typical that you worked for one company for 30+ years. This is no longer true! People would start out in one job and work their way up to management or executive positions. Going from a staff position to a management position is a career change. More opportunities mean the same individuals may start their own companies. There are thousands of companies that grew out of technology or innovation that were not even thought of thirty (30) years ago.
How do you prepare for these changes in society? The answer is simple! You need post secondary school training and it doesn’t stop there. It may be college, trade school or apprenticeship training. Training does not end when you receive your certificate, diploma or degree. Before I started investing in income property, I spent a lot of time learning about it. I was motivated to learn because I saw the opportunities and benefits of investing in income property.
This is not new or unique. Our interests lead us to learn new things. If you are the typical college or high school graduate, you probably do not know what you want to do. It takes time, investigation and experience. It also takes maturity to find what you like to do. On the other end of the spectrum is an accountant or engineer who knows what they want to do, but they too will have multiple careers because they can enter management or have their own companies.
There are still more people who change careers. For example, a cook may become a chef or a teacher assistant becomes a teacher. They may return to school or apprentice, but they make a career change. There is a whole industry that has developed to support people who want to change careers. They call them lifestyle coaches. There are chefs or trades people who want to have their own business and decide to either open a restaurant or become a contractor.
Entrepreneurship is alive and well in America! Even if you do not decide to start a business, you still can have multiple careers. Do you have the skills? Remember you can always get them. Bad economies or layoffs motivate a lot of people to take their future into their own hands. You are facing unemployment and have an idea, passion and some money to start a business. Maybe you form a partnership of other people who have the skills you need to start your company.
Multiple careers may be by choice or not! Many people go back to school to change careers. You can take specific classes or earn an associate or bachelor degree. There are career military who decide to retire after twenty (20) or thirty (30) years and work in a civilian career too. There are career government people who work in multiple government careers in city, state or federal agencies. Multiple careers may mean multiple retirement benefits or pensions.
There is a long list of successful people who had multiple careers and you will too. For example, two lawyers who started California Pizza Kitchen and pursued their new passion. Many people find their passion in life; however they try various careers until they find the one that works for them. It takes time, skills and experience to find the one that is right for you. Multiple careers are better than one, especially if it leads to the one you want.
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