Posted in Notes: motivation & goals

When is it too late to change education/career path?

Spoiler: it’s never too late. One of my classmates at the university was 50 years old, and he was studying with me and I was 19 at the time. For me it was shocking, and I was wondering back then, isn’t he a bit too old for studying? From where I come from, people expect you to have your stuff figured out by 30: education, career and family. So for me it was extremely unusual to see someone older than my parents studying with me in the same degree program.

So from that time I have started to wonder, is it ever too late to change your degree or career? According to The Balance Careers (1):

…the average person changes jobs 10 to 15 times (with an average of 12 job changes) during his or her career.

Now that number includes all job changes: within same field and not. Moreover, according to Jopus, in Japan (2):

Looking at each age group, it is obvious younger employees are more likely to switch jobs. The group of 25 to 29-year-olds topped the chart at 39.6%, followed by 30 to 34-year-olds at 23.3% and 40 years old and over at 14.0%.

So even though the percentage of young professional changing their jobs is much higher than the rest, we still see those 14% for 40+ age. And this is a very good indicator of the fact that it is never too late to change your job. There are various reasons why people decide to change jobs, and those reasons sometimes depend on age. The below statistics is taken from Linkedin article (3):

It is interesting to see how “Lack of opportunities for advancement” is present in all age intervals. And even though the percentage “weight” of this reason is lowering with age increase, it is still there, which shows that we all always want to develop and improve ourselves, which is just great and gives some motivation boost!

But what about education? The trends are showing that the average student age is growing, because more and more people are willing to change their degrees or get an additional one after their 30s and 40s. Usually there is really no age limit for studying, which gives a great opportunity to start changing your life and move to a different direction.

In conlusion, no matter what age you are, if you think that it’s too late to change now, and you should just stick to what you have and achieved so far, because it would take too much time and effort to change something- don’t! Nothing comes easy, but with hard work we can achieve amazing results!

Cheers

May the force be with you!

Sources:

  1. https://www.thebalancecareers.com/how-often-do-people-change-jobs-2060467
  2. https://jopus.net/en/news/doda-average-age.html
  3. https://business.linkedin.com/talent-solutions/blog/2015/09/how-a-persons-age-affects-why-they-change-jobs
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Posted in Notes: work related topics

Working in an international team: benefits and challenges.

The world is becoming more and more open nowadays. Companies become international, and boundaries are getting erased. It is more common to move to foreign countries and find a job there (that is partly my story as well). If we take US as an example, according to Seattle times post from May 2018 (1):

The number of foreign-born workers in the U.S. labor force has reached 27.4 million, or 17.1 percent of the total number of workers…

That is an impressive number, and it is only in US! Also companies have their offices around the globe, so you do not need to necessarily move anywhere in order to work with the foreign colleagues, as current technologies and internet allow to communicate and do tasks together online. So our working environment becomes more international, and while it has its’ benefits, it also brings challenges.

The main benefits of international work teams are:

  1. Experience exchange. When team members have different cultures and background, it helps to broaden the big picture. It adds new perspective to the tasks and sometimes make it easier and faster to solve.
  2. Learning about other cultures. While working in an international team you can learn a lot about other cultures, some interesting facts and behavior features.

Even though these benefits have a great value for the team work, there are many challenges, which multinational working team can face:

  1. Misunderstanding. Even people from the same country and city, who speak the same languages can misunderstand each other, when it comes to people from different parts of the world working together, it is very difficult to always understand each other. This can lead to delays during the work process.
  2. Cultural differences. From personal experience of working in the international team: our cultures affect our way of working and dealing with things. Some cultures are easier to work with, some are harder, but sometimes you can get really stuck in the work process just because you see things differently.

The only solution to the struggles inside international team at work is patience. We are all in the same boat, and we just have to “keep on rowing”.

Cheers!

May the force be with you!

 

Sources:

  1. https://www.seattletimes.com/explore/careers/immigrants-now-make-up-17-of-the-u-s-labor-force/
Posted in Notes: work related topics

How to get social with your colleagues if you are an introvert?

It is a real struggle to open up to your colleagues and feel comfortable around them if you are an introvert. It is extremely difficult to let someone into your world and share your thoughts with them, without thinking of what will they think of you. If you are going through the adaptation to a new team, I know your struggle.

The best thing you can do is give yourself time. Do not feel like you have to be social just for the sake of seeming to be social, no. Being “slow to warm up” is normal and there are many people like you, so the important thing you need is time. It can be weeks, can be months, but step by step you will start to include people around you at work in your comfort zone.

Another good thing you can do, is start small: try to communicate with others in a smaller group, it is much easier to get to know a person and feel comfortable around him/her if you are in a group of 2-3 people. So split the big group and start communication with people one by one, afterwards you will feel comfortable in that original big group.

Also, remember to accept people as who they are, and they will accept you. Patience and understanding are the keys to a great environment inside the team. And be open about your struggles with your colleagues. You don’t have to inform everyone about your feelings, but find a person with whom you feel most comfortable with and tell him/her about your challenges. You will feel more confident when you know, there is at least 1 person in a team who knows about the difficult adaptation process you are going through right now.

I know how difficult it is to adapt to a new work team if you are an introvert, but take your time, take it slowly, accept people as they are, and eventually it will become your comfort zone.

Cheers.

May the force be with you!