Don't Be Held Back by Basic Maths
It can actually be for the most seemingly unrelated reasons that some people don’t take that step towards making a career change. We may convince ourselves that it’s because we don’t have enough time to research a new venture, or that we like our current job more than we actually do, when it can really be a completely different reason that’s holding us back.
For many people, a poor grasp of basic maths can be a very powerful force in stopping them living the life they deserve. That could be because it’s hard to fill out certain forms, or that working out percentages in restaurants when out with friends puts them off going out in the first place.
So the fact that a lack of basic maths is often the real reason why people who would actually be terrific at a different kind of job, or even Running Their Own Business, is something that needs to be looked at. The Government recognised this was the case in the early 'noughties' and launched a campaign to get adults ‘back to school’ with a basic maths course available in local libraries, but the harsh advertising (remember the gremlins?) was not considered a success and the issue is still much the same.
What Can You Do?So what can you do if you feel that a lack of basic maths understanding is holding you back? Well, the first step is to give yourself a big pat on the back for realising that there is a problem. And the second step is to keep reading!
Your ExperiencesOften, a lack of basic maths stems from having a terrible maths teacher at school. Unless your brain easily slips into learning maths, the difference in your likelihood of understanding or, God forbid, actually enjoying maths varies greatly depending on whether or not you had a maths teacher who was able to bring the subject to life. So if you had a poor maths teacher and you’re not naturally suited to figures, it’s perfectly understandable that maths is not your strong point.
So now we know that not being good at basic maths is not your fault, let’s move on to working out how you can learn in order to stop it holding you back in your day-to-day life, and in particular Your Career Change Goals.