10 misconceptions about retraining

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« Vous savez que vous voulez changer de job, mais pour faire quoi ? Et par où commencer ? »

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That’s it, your last professional experience has given you a confirmation as clear as crystal: you no longer want (as you wish) to stay in front of a desk all day / be mistreated by staffed superiors. the empathy of an oyster / waking up in the morning pretending not to have heard your “snoozer” alarm clock for the 54th time. You know that you want to change jobs, like 90% of English people (according to the nouvelleviepro.fr study in 2021), but to do what? And where to start?

10 misconceptions that you must fight before you start.

1- A retraining takes on average 6 months, 5 days and 2 hours

It can take 1 week or 10 years. In fact, it will take as long as it takes. Putting your spleen in court bouillon, as grandmothers say, only adds a good dose of unnecessary stress.

2- You only retrain once in your life, after you have run out of quota

It is possible to retrain 1,000 times and even participate in the world retraining championships, the winner of which has accumulated 67 retraining in 10 years (championships invented for humorous purposes for this text).

3- The new job necessarily involves changing the world and / or saving meerkats babies

You can completely convert yourself into the exploitation of oil fields. You are not guaranteed to get your karma quota back for the next life, but you are free to follow your momentum!

4- A reconversion is necessarily very expensive

It depends on a lot of factors, and it is possible to have training organizations (its collective agreement, the DIF, Pôle emploi…) finance certain job changes.

But yes, let’s be honest, certain formations can be expensive (in hard currencies, but also in fears, in points of audacity, etc.).

5- A successful retraining is measured by the gap between the nature of the old and the new job

Our company likes to “storytell” big breaks, but retraining can also be a rather smooth experience, which makes you rotate 3 ° and not 180 ° with a nose-down salto.

6- We always come out of a retraining process

You can come out very small, but maybe just a little more aligned …

7- Retraining is the prerogative of the privileged classes

The media talk much less about the retraining of people exercising trades in the secondary sector. This is undoubtedly why changes in professional orientation seem reserved for the most privileged, people who have had the means to pay for business schools, for example.

A good conversion will take the time it takes.

A good conversion will take the time it takes.Aurore Carric / “Guide des Paumé.es”

But how many paths are there for taxi drivers who become accounting assistants? of peasants who become nurses? A lot ! They are invisible, but no less numerous and inspiring.

8- It is better to tackle everything once and for all than to go on tiptoe

It is just as possible to tackle everything as to take each small step one after the other, in a thoughtful and reasoned way. The second option has been proven more often, but a little ‘drama’ can also work. Again, here, no laws.

9- It is better to be 100% sure before starting

Of course, it’s better to have tested your reconversion project as much as possible, but sometimes you get stuck at the idea stage because you want to control everything. Spoiler: in life, it’s complicated to lock everything, so at one point, you might as well jump into the water (if you know how to swim and have a buoy, you will no doubt reach an island around which will please you).

10- Retraining is a young thing

So, of course, retraining when you have a loan on your back and six children, it can be much more complicated than if you are a young twenty-something with no other responsibility than managing your own life. But there are plenty of examples of people who have changed jobs late! A large part of retraining even takes place around the age of 40, after a first career.

* “Guide des paumé.es” by Aurore Le Bihan and Lucie Chartouny from makesense, 216 pages, Marabout editions, 19.90 Pounds


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