Well for starters what is a second career? A second career is any career a person moves into after already beginning and starting a different career.
An example, someone who has worked their entire adult life in the construction industry before making the decision to go to post-secondary and start training for a new career in the finance industry, would be considered starting a second career.
When is it the right time to start a second career?
It is a big step for nearly everyone to drop the only career they have ever known to start their second career fresh in a field they may have little to no previous experience in. For someone to decide to start a second career you need to look at the underlying issue, why are they not happy in their first career? There are many reasons you may not like the career you are currently in, maybe you don’t see your family enough, maybe the hours are too long and the pay is too small, maybe you can’t progress through the company any further, maybe you just aren’t happy where you currently are and believe that a change of career can lead to a change in happiness.
The truth is people decide to change careers for a variety of reasons, and that there really is no wrong reason for someone deciding they need to move on to a second career, but when is the right time to do so?
There is never a perfect time for anybody to make a major life decision and that a person will always have prior commitments they want to resolve before moving on, but these commitments will always exist no matter the time. It will always be a large decision, and there will always be things in your way which makes it seem less than perfect maybe even impossible. But anyone thinking that it may be time to move to a second career should know that it isn’t impossible. While it will be difficult, and you will encounter obstacles but you will come out a stronger person.
Which brings me back to the original question; when is it time to start a second career, and start the career that will have you happy heading to work and fulfilled heading home?
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb