Get Your Dream Career – Even in This Economy

Today’s economy is creating a FEAR that is racing through our world psyche and causing people to pull back, hunker down, and put their dreams away.

That’s true for the person who has lost their job and for those who have decided to stay put, and not go for their dream career.

This parasite of FEAR is telling us that now is not the time to go for that dream career. Instead, we’re focused on just getting a job – any job.

It’s the wrong approach in a fearful time.

What happens to a rabbit who freezes when a hunter’s gun is aimed at him? That’s right. He’s dispatched to rabbit heaven – pronto!

What happened to companies like C.W. Post when, during the Great Depression, they pulled back on marketing? They lost market share and customer trust and never again regained their market position, especially relative to their main competitor – Kellogg.

The Kellogg Company has a very different story.

Kellogg increased their marketing efforts during the Great Depression. As a result, they increased their market share and customer brand loyalty – which continues nearly 80 years later.

Proctor and Gamble created their biggest growth ever during the Great Depression. They sponsored radio shows and had their brand associated with over 21 programs.

What’s the point?

The point is that pulling back on your efforts to develop a meaningful career during economic stress is exactly the wrong thing to do. Here’s why.

When you allow fear to dominate your life, you play small. You’re afraid to look for new ideas, trends and possibilities; you may find yourself ‘sucking up’ to the boss you dislike just so he won’t think of you first if the time comes to cut staff.

Or, you may be afraid to try new things. You hide out, hoping no one will notice you, so your productivity suffers.

You may experience stress induced headaches, stomach aches, colds, lethargy, fatigue or sleeplessness.

Finally, you start to believe that your dream career is not within your reach – and you give up. How sad is that?

But there’s another way.

I’ve often said that action trumps fear – every time!

  • If you want that meaningful career, take action!
  • If you hate your current job, take action!
  • If you want a work purpose that matches your values and vision for your life, take action!

Consider this: during every time of stress, downturn and difficulty, there are hidden opportunities, needs and problems to be solved. Those who survive and thrive in difficult times, are those who look for the opportunities – and take action on them.

Isn’t it time for you to take action?

Financing Your New Career

The largest hurdle to obtaining a new career comes from the financial region of our lives.  We have mortgages or rent, as well as other bills we must pay for.  If you have a family with children there is even more to consider than when you are single.  A single person tends to be free to make changes in their lives such as moving for the new career or going back to school.

Before we look at financing your new career, let’s consider a few things.  In today’s world it is easier to change careers.  There are distance learning courses, online training, part time training, and much more.  There are even portfolio careers in which your experience can speak for itself in regards to a new career.  Even starting a new business as your new career is easier than it has ever been, thanks to the internet.

When you are at the point of financing your new career change you already know what you want to change to.  You know the type of training you will need, the hours that are needed, etc.  So what can you do in order to finance the new career?

You can borrow the money you need.  If you own your home you may seek a refinance option to take out some of the equity you have built up.  You may also decide a student loan is the best option.  There are student loans through a number of different institutions that you can gain. websites have a listing of the loans and grants you can obtain to finance your career.  The amount you are awarded will vary on what you need to borrow.  They also have scholarship options you can try for.  Child care grants, parent’s learning allowances, and much more can be borrowed.

We have mentioned grants already, but here are some other places to find grants:

– Grants For Individuals.Org.Uk

– Direct.Gov.Uk

These sites have grants and loans to help you find money to finance your new career.

If a loan or grant does not work there are other options.  Raising money can be easy. is a site that provides information on how you can raise money for opening your own business.  Government and sponsorship programmes exist to help you raise money for starting a business or change in career.

Something that we have forgotten as technology advances is earning the education you need.  There are apprenticeships available that help you learn while you are on the job.  They may not pay as much as a fully trained person would earn, but you are still getting the training and earning a salary.  Your employer may provide the necessary training if you ask for it.  This is especially helpful if you want to advance in the business you are in now, but change career paths.  Sometimes a new career is about a different position within the same company.  For example, a person that works as a customer service representative may want to move up the ladder to a management position.  Your employer can help you finance this move.