Rodney Times : January 7th 2014
8 RODNEY TIMES, JANUARY 7, 2014 NEWS www.rodneytimes.co.nz Career changes can happen at any age By KELLY DENNETT It was the noise that broke the proverbial camel’s back. Liz Constable was 31 and had been working in early childhood centres since she was 14. She never heard the rowdiness of toddlers tearing around that others often asked her about. ‘‘Then one day I thought ‘I can’t do this any more’. ‘‘But it was a dilemma because I didn’t know what else I could do.’’ According to Careers New Zealand this is relatively normal. They say career changes happen at any age and often mid-lifers seek out something new and different. Ms Constable didn’t have much of a clue of what she wanted to do next, she just knew she had to get out of the environment she was in. Although that decision was met with temporary relief the question of what she should do next began to plague her. She describes it as like jumping off a cliff. With her unemploy- ment came a loss of identity and a vacant diary that threw her into a panic. A few months down the track she’d become a careers adviser herself, something she’d always been interested in. Looking back her path was obvious, she just didn’t know it at the time. ‘‘Now I realise I took a lot of aspects of that business with me. ‘‘It sounds really simple now but when I was in the midst of it, it was like I was in a forest. I knew there were trees around but I couldn’t see them.’’ Careers New Zealand team leader Pat Cody says rather than making a ‘cliff jump’ like Ms Constable, most people’s working life has become about development. While some people do make a radical switch often they’re subconsciously cherry picking the parts they enjoy or their best skills and transferring them, he says. ‘‘It also depends on where they live, the qualifications they may have or the industry they’re involved in,’’ he says. ‘‘For example in the print industry there’s a lot of changes and it forces that change on people. ‘‘But if you’re an eye specialist chances Creative change: Liz Constable is an early childhood practitioner turned career’s adviser turned bookmaker. are your going to be an eye specialist for a long time.’’ When considering a career change he says it’s important people find out if what they are missing can be found outside work hours in the form of a hobby. Part of what complicates our desire to change our our job is how long we can still support ourselves after we quit, if we’ll make enough money and how it will disrupt family life, Mr Cody says. It can be murky terri- tory but he says our values will crystalise and propel us forward. ‘‘Often you’re looking for certain things in life and what you want out of your career. If your driving value is to make a difference in people’s lives then you might move away from an organisation if they’re not fulfilling that need.’’ On the other hand we might decide our job is bringing us the finance to obtain other things we value like travel or a nice house. The trouble in New Zealand is that work is very much ingrained in our culture with most Kiwis working longer hours than those in other countries, he says. Flexible hours is some- thing Ms Constable found many people were unaware they could have. People don’t realise there are alternatives to the traditional Monday to Friday nine to five routine, she says. LIVE THE LIFE YOUR CHOOSE AT SUMMERSET Open Day The Summerset way of life is all about having lots of choices, from the home you choose to the way you live. When you join us at Summerset, you’ll be able to make your villa, townhouse or care apartment your own. Creating a home that’s right for you is only the beginning. Our villages have warm and welcoming communities that enjoy getting together for activities and social events. Of course it’s up to you which ones you take part in. It’s all about being yourself and getting the most out of life. To see the choices we can offer you, including our brand new care apartments, come to our Open Day or call Steven Garner on 09 425 1202. You’ll find us at 31 Mansel Drive, Warkworth. Saturday 11 January, 11am – 3pm Final release of villas – come and see the plans. Also view our care apartments.
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