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Preparing for a Second Career

16 JUL 2013
Career Path : Accounting

Both the healthcare and accounting industries are only growing exponentially with boundless opportunities for advancement.

Here are a few tips on how to plan for your education and expenses while making the switch.

Transfer your current skill set. Switching careers doesn’t mean reinventing yourself with a whole new set of skills. Your previous career has taught you a wide net of skills that you can use even in a totally unrelated career. If you’re thinking of moving from produce management into accounting, you’ll have skills in organization and customer service that you can take with you. What you’re really doing is redirecting your skills.

Look inside and ask yourself questions. What am I good at? What do I enjoy doing? If you’re interested in accounting, ask yourself if you’re good at numbers. Looking into accounting courses will help you get a clearer picture. Are you interested in becoming a nurse? Why? Do a little research on the careers that interest you and see if becoming an accountant or working in the health care industry is really what you want. You’ll find that both of these careers have a wide variety of possibilities and opportunities for advancement.

Do your research. Keep in mind that it takes time to switch careers. Making a rash decision before doing the research will not serve you well. New careers don’t happen overnight. People can start working on a new career at age 50 and by age 55 be on their way, but only after they’ve taken a realistic look at the research and asked themselves where their interests lie.

Get fit financially. Of course for most of us, a new career comes with a bit of a price tag. It helps to start by charting a realistic budget with about six months of living expenses set aside for the cost of transition. And paring back on those slightly luxurious living expenses such as that triple mocha latte every morning will make a difference.  Take a look at what is really important in your life and reduce those immediate pleasures.

Invest in education and training. Some employers offer tuition reimbursement. If your employer sees that your switch to accounting might benefit their company, they can offer to pay for a portion of your education. Taking those accounting courses while still gainfully employed will only help prepare you for your transition.

Thinking of becoming an accountant? Research the skills or certifications required for a career in accounting and take the appropriate accounting courses that get you to where you want to go. Thinking of going into healthcare but can’t afford full time school? Take healthcare courses part-time or even one course a quarter.

Do the research, consider your choices and know that you do have great options open to you.

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