The days of a job for life are long gone. Most people change careers at least once during their lifetime. Some even take a sideways leap more than once. There are many reasons why changing career is a good idea. Of course, if you are having to retrain because you lost your job, it might not feel like it at the time. But, retraining offers many advantages, so instead of looking at it from a ‘glass half empty’ perspective, think about how retraining might boost your earning potential.
We work to earn money. Some of us work to make the world a better place or improve our health and wellbeing too, but for most people, it’s the monthly paycheck that keeps them rocking up to work each day.
Your Future Earning Potential
Future earning potential doesn’t always feature too highly when we choose a career straight out of college. The thought of changing the world may cloud our judgment or influence us in other ways. Then, three or four years into a career pathway, we realize that the job we thought was amazing is not quite so great. In fact, it doesn’t pay as much as we hoped it would and promotion opportunities are non-existent.
Boost Your Prospects
If this is your current predicament, it is time to look at retraining. Either to improve your prospects of career advancement or to smooth the way for a sideways move into a different career. Even if you love your job and the sun shines on you every single day, retraining is still the best way to maximize your earning potential.
For example, let’s assume you graduated college with an English degree and ended up working in administration for a small local business. You like your job and your boss is a nice person, but you are never going to be promoted and your paycheck is limited by your job. However, if you took a leap of faith and retrained to be a teacher, life would be very different.
How much does a teacher make? The answer varies according to experience, additional qualifications, and extra responsibilities, but once you enter the teaching profession, you have endless opportunities to ascend the career ladder and take home a bigger salary.
A Smart Move
Retraining is always a smart move, irrespective of what type of job you have. Employers look for people who have the most up to date skill set, so even if you don’t want to leave your current job, it doesn’t hurt to boost your skills. You may be able to approach your employer and argue for a pay rise or promotion. And if that doesn’t work, you are in a strong position to look for another, better paid, job.
Taking a college course or signing up for classes online is rarely free, but consider it an investment worth making. Ultimately though, if you want a high-income job, choose the right career from the get-go.