5 Signs It’s Time for a Career Change into Celebrancy

career Aug 30, 2021
Two gentleman getting married by a celebrant

According to YouGov, a whopping 1 in 10 of us dislike our day jobs. No wonder so many people enquire with the International College of Professional Celebrants about a career change into celebrancy.


What is Celebrancy? 

Celebrancy is a service career that involves conducting ceremonies such as weddings, naming ceremonies and funerals. It is not the same as being a registrar, but is equally - if not more - rewarding. The career path is interesting, engaging, and offers an opportunity for growth. It only takes a few weeks to train, and this training can be residential or online. After training, your only limits are your visibility, branding, and passion.


Why Consider Starting a Career in Celebrancy? 

Being a celebrant means being your own boss. You choose your hours, your ceremony types, your location to work in and your going rate. 

It’s easier than you might think to become a celebrant. You need certain traits such as empathy, open mindedness, approachability and a calm persona. You also need to be a people-person and take a profound interest in rituals and rites of passage. 

But you might need a push to get going. So many people get stuck in their day jobs and find it hard to budge. If any of these below points resonate with you, it might be time to swap careers and become a celebrant. 

 (Note: Some people like to keep their day job and run a celebrancy business on the side. Others like to dive right into celebrancy and leave their old careers behind - the choice is yours - there is no set way of doing things).

1.  Loss of Interest in What You Do 

If you have reached a point where you no longer approach your job with the passion and vigour you once had, then you need a change. Loss of interest takes away your engagement in the job which leads to low productivity. We spend most of our lives at work - so why make that time miserable when you could have real occupational meaning? 


2. You Are Continuously Fatigued at Work 

 If you are always fatigued at work, it could be a sign that you are not settled, too stressed or overworked. One in ten women leave their jobs due to stress. Scary, right? Restlessness could also be taking away your energy to perform various tasks at your workplace. Although it is normal to get tired, the amount of work done should justify the energy spent. Tiredness can also be a symptom of low mood and anxiety - something to think about!

3. You Envy People Who Enjoy Their Jobs 

There is always a friend who seems to love what they do. If you are constantly admiring friends who love their jobs, or wishing you were more like them, it’s time to take charge of your career. In many cases, people will envy their happier friends but do nothing about their own situation. According to the Consultancy Group, there are multiple reasons you may not be taking the plunge. 

  1. Uncertainty: A fear of the unknown

  2. Low self esteem: Not feeling worthy of professional happiness

  3. Misplaced loyalty: Feeling obligated to your job

  4. Feeling trapped

  5. Stubbornness: Some of us don’t like to truly admit when something is wrong

If this sounds like you, take a leaf out of your happier friends’ book. It’s time to switch to something more rewarding.


4. Poor Work-Life Balance

Your life should progress in the same way as your career. A career that appears to stop your personal life might not be the best in the long run. Similarly, your life should not be affected too much by your job. There should be a balance between your career and your other aspects of life. One theory of the perfect work life balance is the 8:8:8 rule. 8 hours for work, 8 hours for leisure, 8 hours for sleep. But let’s face it - life isn’t that simple, and some careers give you more leisure time than others. Celebrancy, for example, allows you to fit work around your social commitments - not the other way around!


5. Not Qualified To Do Anything Else

 As a society, we have been taught to go to university at 18 years old, or get an apprenticeship or training course around the same age. This plonks us onto a very specific path, very early on. Getting off that path can be tricky if you are only qualified to do one thing. For example, if your degree is engineering and you’ve spent 30 years in an engineering career, how realistic are other job prospects at this point without going back to university? The great thing about becoming a celebrant is that retraining in this field is quick, efficient and doesn’t cost a bomb. It allows you to move out of your current job slowly or overnight if you prefer.  


Train with Us

Kick start your career in celebrancy today by training with the best. At The International College of Professional Celebrants, we help you unmask your potential through diversified training in celebrancy. Call us today at 033 33 404 434 for more information.