KEEP CALM AND REINVENT
IF THE LATE, GREAT DAVID BOWIE TAUGHT US ANYTHING, IT’S THAT REINVENTION IS A GOOD THING. IF YOU’RE NOT SATISFIED WITH THE CAREER CHOICES YOU MADE ON A WHIM AS A HORMONAL TEENAGER, TAKE A WORD OF ADVICE FROM ENTREPRENEURS WHO CHANGED LANES – AND THEIR LIVES.
Not so long ago, the average career path looked pretty similar – choose a vocation, study and train, work a job, gain steady income, nab a gold watch, retire. Now, what was once mandatory feels like an archaic fantasy. It’s rare that in the final days of high school – or university for that matter – you have the foresight or wisdom to develop a well-formed idea of your preferred future career. And with the digitisation of the world not letting up any time soon, many industries that were once a beacon of opportunity are shrinking in the throes of dramatic change. Long story short, don’t expect to be married to a single job – or industry – anymore. It’s about knowing that moving between roles is inevitable. It’s also about following your passion if the day job isn’t quite working out as you expected. In the quest to transform their lives (and bank balances), the brave are reinventing themselves, pursuing a project beyond their training or day-to-day experience. Building two careers at the same time has, in many cases, become the new normal. Whether driven by a desire to disrupt stale industries, or to simply sail into the wild seas of entrepreneurialism, those who embrace career reinvention find it meets a catalogue of needs, addressing stagnation and complacency, disillusionment or creative deficiencies. Here, we spoke to several inspiring types who ditched their original careers to find success with their second act.