Making the decision to embark on a new career change can be both exciting and daunting. For many, taking the step towards a new career is huge and comes with a lot of consideration from passion and interests to skills, values and more. 

To help you make the best decision towards your new career path, we have created this post to run through some things to keep in mind.

How do I choose a career with no passion?

Choosing a career when you feel you have no passion can be difficult, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible and not worth exploring. Take some time to assess your skills and previous experience. Without too much focus, it’s highly likely that you will find yourself with a list of transferable skills that will be helpful in many other career paths and industries.

Transferable skills are a set of skills that you’re good at. You can build them up over time, through work, volunteering, education and life. You can apply these skills to a range of jobs.” National Careers

Exploring other elements such as your interests, hobbies and different job role profiles can give you some insight into what you can see yourself enjoying and what you don’t want to do in a long-term position. 

Am I too old for a career change?

Quite simply, no! You are never too old to change careers. 

Many professionals have found success after the age of 30, 40, 50 and older and have been able to transition into new fields later in life due to their levels of drive and commitment. 

Adult education, apprenticeships and work experience can allow for a number of new opportunities to adults who are ready to embark on a new career.

Did you know Stephen King worked as a janitor before gaining incredible success as a well-known author?

What is the best career to retrain for?

Unfortunately, there is no straightforward answer to what career would be best to retrain for. Career choices are so personal and what would suit one person may not suit you.

Because of this, it can be beneficial to you to consider the following:

  • What are your skills and interests?
  • What careers are in high demand?
  • Where could you see yourself and be happy in the long-term?
  • What do you value most and desire from a future job role and employer?

These answers should help give you a better understanding of what career or industry may be best suited to you in order to retrain.

What is the meaning of adult education?

Many adults may assume that gaining further education later in life is difficult or in some cases impossible. Thankfully, this isn’t the case and there are plenty of options that allow adult learners to gain and grow their education. 

Adult education promotes lifelong learning and allows adults to acquire new skills, obtain qualifications and pursue higher education on their terms.

Is adult education right for me?

Adult education is suitable for any adult looking to enhance their education. Many education providers allow adults to gain their education through in-person or online learning (distance learning), adult apprenticeships and more.

Many employers may also offer on-the-job training depending on your skills and experience.

If you are eager and motivated to learn new skills and knowledge that will help you transition into a new career, adult education can be a great option for you.

Is distance learning right for me?

Distance learning provides the student (of any age) the flexibility to learn in a time and place that suits them. This is great for adult learners in particular as this allows education and new qualifications to be gained around busy schedules where the individual may have other commitments including family responsibilities and working hours.

At NEC we offer a number of distance learning courses where students can gain a GCSE, IGCSE, A level and more within a number of topics and industries.


If you would like to know more about how NEC can help you gain the skills you desire to finally make a career change, get in touch with our friendly team today. Your dream career could be right around the corner.


Share this story