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Top 5 Tips to Launch Your Successful Second Career

By January 31, 2023No Comments
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Society nowadays is filled with those of us seeking opportunities to grow, who believe that a career should not only feed us, but challenge, inspire and even thrill us. If these ideas resonate with you, this blog post is for you. We are wiser after our first go-around; with a little age and experience we have a better idea of what environments and leaders motivate us, and how to balance the pay with receive with the intrinsic reward we gain by doing something we love.

With this savvy and conscious intention in mind, we’ve got some tips to fuel you on your way to the next level of wow via a second career. Whether you’re one looking for a college for international students or are a local in search of college courses in Toronto or private colleges in Ontario, these are the details you’ll want to consider.

5 Tips to Launch Your Second Career with Success!


1. Set Solid, Soulful Intentions

Perhaps you know precisely what you want at this stage of your career and your life. If you do, kudos. If not, get quiet, consider your core values and what you’d like your life, professionally and personally, to look like in the next 5 to 10 years. What kind of work are you doing? How do you feel doing it? What kind of team do you work alongside? What kind of hours do you work and how do you balance that with enriching relationships, connections and habits, keeping wellbeing in mind?

Once you have some ideas, the pieces of what you desire will begin to form an image. That’s when you’ll want to begin researching options aligned with your interests, passion, and life/work balance ideals. With research and writing down the information and inspired ideas that flow, comes clarity.

When you feel as though you have some clarity, write out 3 to 5 (minimum) specific intentions for how you will align what you value in a second career with the action required to make it happen.

2. Consider the Lessons

Sometimes we learn about what we love and want more of by the choices we make, sometimes we learn awesome lessons about what we no longer want, that which does not serve our highest self and goals for a better life. “Yea!” to both experiences, as long as we take the lessons and apply them to our next set of choices.

Consider your current or last career. What did you appreciate? What did you learn about what you enjoy? What did you learn about leadership and the kind of people you want to work for and alongside? What would you keep the same, what would you change, about the situation, about yourself in that role? What do you want less of? What do you want more of?

Learning from our first career and the life we have lived, empowers us to make conscious decisions this time around. And as our thoughts are powerful predictors of what ‘can’ be, we want to be precise in the vision we hold and the path we select next.

3. Explore Careers In Demand

We want soulful second careers, but we also want solid opportunities in expanding fields, so that our education and our next position is relevant in years to come. Look at society and see where the needs are. Explore leading-edge private career colleges providing programs for a second career in Ontario. These schools gear their offerings to industry needs, as we do at Anderson College. Our success is our student’s success, so we need to ensure we have our finger on the pulse of society and the jobs and training programs that will empower our graduates to be in demand.

4. Set Conscious Career Goals

With a keen understanding of your values, intentions, lessons learned and the potential careers that would be fulfilling and motivating at this stage of life, you’re ready for specific, conscious goal setting.

What career options do you love? How and who do you want to serve? What skills do you have? What skills do you need to learn? Where will you study? What’s important to you in a second-career program? What support do you need to learn more about, specifically, how to apply for second career program? What colleges offer not only the training to give you the competitive edge, but the professional, compassionate support to excel in your chosen program, from start to finish?

Write out 5 to 10 goals. Make them as detailed as possible, and reach out for assistance from a person in the education industry to help you navigate the steps you need to take to begin and to thrive in the program and beyond.

5. Tap Resources and Harness Positivity

You are not alone in this. There are hundreds, actually thousands, of people who’ve stood (metaphorically) right where you are. Over our 137-year history, we’ve had the privilege to support over 100,000 students as they navigated their way to the career they love and the life they desired. We’ve got resources, insights and have devised myriad ways to support you along the way. These are a few of our popular blogs that can offer you more information:

We know that beginning to research your second career can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. We’re here to help … and to remind you that this is a thrilling time of life, one that presents an opportunity to design and embrace the future, deep down, you may have always known you wanted.

If you’re still exploring what careers may align with your interests and passion, take the “Anderson College Career Training Readiness Quiz”.

If you’re ready for that incredible second career to begin now, take a look at our 30+ leading-edge programs, or book a virtual appointment with one of our Admissions Advisors today. We’ll walk you through your options and the steps to get you on your way.

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