Not all careers last forever. For those that begin a career with an expiration date, the transition into a new role, often within an entirely different industry, can be a challenging but rewarding experience.

The chances are if you are facing retirement from your career at an early age, you likely started when you were a school-leaver, or even while you were still at school. You may have missed out on a range of opportunities that were available to your peers, such as A-Levels or university. A career change could be the driving force that inspires you to achieve those qualifications you missed out on.

While you may lack the relevant qualifications required for a particular career, those who retire early from their first career will undoubtedly have a great deal of experience. You will have accumulated a robust and diverse skillset that will be transferable to a range of occupations. Be sure to highlight the skills you have developed during your first career in your CV, and use our CV template to get started.

A change in career direction will take determination, drive, and confidence, but there are many resources available to help you. One of the first steps to take is re-evaluating your interests and goals, which may have drastically changed since you first started work. If you are keen to stay in the same industry as your first career, there are likely to be various roles available to you. Take a look at our suggestions following on from a career in the militaryactingsports or modelling.

However, don’t be afraid to be different. If you are interested in a particular career path that is dissimilar to the industry you initially worked in, you should have the confidence to go for it. Perhaps you have retired from a sporting career at the age of 25, and now have ambitions to become an engineer. Or you spent 15 years of your life working as a model, but now at the age of 30, you are eager to enter politics. Whatever is of interest to you, there are options available to ensure you gain the education, qualifications, or training you need to succeed.

If you need assistance getting on the right path to your future career, visit our pages on how to retrain to find out more information about the types of courses available. Some options allow students to earn an income while studying, including part-time college or university and the Open University. These options are perfect for those who need more flexibility around their studies. Alternatively, don’t be embarrassed to seek the advice of a careers counsellor who will be able to provide you with the tips you need to enter your dream career.