Career change at 30
Responsibilities at 30
By the time they turn 30, most people have already spent five to ten years at a specific career and have a better idea of what they want professionally than they did in their twenties. So it’s not surprising that people often begin to consider a career change after 30.
Peterson notes that at this stage in life many people are thinking about having babies and buying houses, so things start to get a bit more serious and people tend to take themselves and their careers more seriously.
“I think in one’s 30s, one takes oneself terribly seriously,” she says. “There’s a lot of ‘I know it all’ happening at that point, and that’s fine because I think in the workplace, it’s when you can get your boldest work done.”
“I know a lot of people who have done very bold and brave and brilliant things in their 30s. So there’s that balanced with ‘Oh – I have to have a child now or never’.”
So what’s her advice for juggling work and personal life at this age?
“My word of wisdom would be to make sure you’re earning enough money that you can get decent child care, and if not, a nanny or live in,” she says.
“My mother had a terrible bit of advice for me at that point, which was, ‘Darling, just spend your way out of trouble.’ It wasn’t very good, but I earned a lot of money in my 30s, because I was working in the 80s in the advertising heyday. It was very different; I had nannies and help. So get as much help as you can and make life as easy as you can at this point.”