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Where do I go from here?

Published:Sunday | August 22, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Glenford Smith, Career Writer


I work for a company at the airport in Kingston. I am 38 years old and I am at a crossroads in my life. You see, one could say I wasted my younger years, academically. I never really knew what I wanted to do with my life until now. I now know that I would like to become an immigration officer.

I took some subjects in June of this year (English language, POB, social studies). I now want to make the next step towards my goal this September. I'm willing to work extra hard to achieve my goal. The thing I would like to know is, what are my chances, due to my age, and where do I go from here?

- Brian


Brian, there are two ways you can look at your past. You can look back with regret at what you didn't achieve, and despise yourself for having wasted your time at school.

Or you can look back with pride for the positive things you have achieved - like getting a job, car, taking care of your family, etc.

Also, consider the many significant lessons you've learned that will help you greatly in the future. It's your choice what you'll focus on.

Choose to focus on your positive achievements and you'll immediately start to feel more optimistic and confident about your future. You can't change what happened in the past, but you can choose how you will interpret it, and whether it will help or hinder your progress in the present. So, the first thing to do is to change how you're thinking about your past.

Second, realise that it is not unusual that you're only now becoming clear about what you want to do with your life. Very few people know what they want to dedicate their lives to before their 30s.

In fact, Napoleon Hill, author of the self-help classic, Think and Grow Rich, studied the lives of America's 500 richest men. Here's what he reported: "I discovered from the analysis of over 25,000 people, that those who succeed in an outstanding way seldom do so before the age of 40. More often, they do not strike their real pace until they are well beyond the age of 50."

New level of possibility

So, at 38, you're not as far behind as you think. As you're awakening to a new level of possibility for your life, release the false beliefs that you're too old to be what you desire to be.

You're willing to work hard, so nothing will stop you. Your chances are excellent for achieving your goal of being an immigration officer.

Find out what the qualifications are for becoming an immigration officer. Go back to school or enroll in a course to attain whatever qualifications you lack.

Make friends with immigration officers. Start to learn what their jobs are like. Visualise yourself in the uniform, doing the job, every day.

This is the road that will lead to your destination of career success.

Glenford Smith is a motivational speaker and personal achievement strategist.