You had a plan, but then life happened. Maybe you got a degree, or maybe you were on your way to get that degree. You married too early, or life simply threw something your way that sent you in a different direction. But now you want to get back on track. You want take your life back and you want that career that you planned on having.
It’s not too late
Rosita Majait is 67 years old. She had just graduated in High School with honors, after having worked as an overseas worker and raising four children. She did not deem it too late to finish her schooling after a fifty-year delay. Even if you are older than Rosita, it is never too late to start over again.
There’s nothing to be ashamed of
I read in a Facebook forum about a former nurse who wanted to get back to nursing. She mentioned that it has been ten years since she practiced her profession and she is ashamed because of the length of time that’s passed. There is nothing to be ashamed of. You can still jumpstart your career after a long hiatus. Life happens and employers will understand.
Get rid of your old preconceptions about life, familial roles, and gender identities, if that’s what’s hindering you. If you’re a woman with a young baby, some people might guilt you into not taking back your career. Or some people might say that your job is to take care of your husband. If you’re a man, some might say that you’re not suited as a nurse. It’s 2019, that thinking should be thrown into the garbage bin.
You will be contributing a different perspective
Don’t be too hard on yourself if you feel that you have not achieved anything during your hiatus. Like Pope John Paul II said, “Nobody is too poor that he has nothing to give.” You can contribute a different perspective. Sometimes, a workplace can be an echo chamber, especially if the same opinions are shared again and again.
Get out of your comfort zone
Ultimately, sometimes the culprit is our own selves. We can get too comfortable with our situation that we fail to see that we’re getting fast nowhere. Challenge yourself. Do what you’re afraid of. Go back to practicing your degree and let’s see what you can achieve. Go abroad and get your dream job!