Current estimates suggest that thirty three per cent of people in Britain today are at best tolerating their working life, and at worst they have so much stress they find it difficult to sleep at night.
With situations like this - and in reality it's time many of us stopped 'living under the circumstances' - it's no surprise that thousands of people look to retrain to get into something else. However there are retraining courses on just about anything - and a bewildering number of exams to quality in, so even knowing where to start can be tricky!
And there's always the problem of creeping doubts - How do we know if we'll manage? How do we know we'll enjoy this work anymore than the work we're doing now? Is there a genuine demand for the work we'd like to do?
We need to stop thinking like a victim and make a move. In reality, we'll be working somewhere for a long time yet. Don't we deserve to find a career that will bring us greater rewards? One that gives us the pleasure and recognition we so earnestly desire. Imagine looking forward to going to work every day, to do a job that's rewarding and interesting and makes you feel of value to others. Wouldn't it be great to get recognised for the contribution that you make? Plus naturally having more skills tends to lead to more pay; all great reasons to stop twiddling your thumbs and get the training ball rolling - after all, you know you want to!
Do you feel there have always been too many situations in your life working against you, and that's why you've never been able to pursue the career you really wanted to do? Maybe now's the time to break down the barriers that have been holding you back.
Sure you may have to study alongside a full-time job, but hard work won't harm you. Just remember it's all temporary and you'll be absolutely fine. People who have a passion for the work they do are often better adjusted, happier and much more young at heart than the people who never take their chance in life.
We're not saying it's easy to jump ship mid-career. But it is very do-able with modern technology and research facilities, and if others can do it, then why can't you? On this site we've compiled a number of career categories to get you started. You'll come across all sorts of different jobs and training routes - including some you might not have thought about. There's quite a bit to go through, so pop this site in Bookmarks and come back on a regular basis. Sit comfortably and steadily go through any areas of interest, then refer to the featured colleges to get to grips with the different training options that are available to you.
Changing careers is very do-able. As an adult you're so much more aware of where you really want to be, so dig in, and enjoy the journey...