Once I’ve chosen a career, is it too late to change my mind?

You can change your mind, and plenty of people do (see the Changing Careers section). Some try several careers before they find the one that really fits them. Some work in one career for decades and then make a radical change.

Of course, starting again from the bottom is always challenging, so changing careers is not a decision to be taken casually. Don’t abandon a career that’s good for you the moment you hit a tricky patch. At the same time, it’s good to keep an active eye on the state of your career. It’s very easy, once you get that first job, to become so involved in it that you forget about the bigger picture and where you really want to go.

Try allocating an hour every couple of weeks to step back and look at your career. Is your job still taking you in the right direction? Are you still happy about where you want to go? What’s your next step? Do you have a plan to take your career to the next level?

While your employer may make you feel that you’re in exactly the right job, the only one who’ll really look after your career is you. And if you come to realise that you’ve made a mistake and this isn’t really the career for you, you can change. However late in your career it might be, it’s rarely too late, and the time to start doing something about it is now.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.