How to change careers.
Are you currently feeling stuck in a rut in terms of your career? Do you dread going to work? Have you considered a career change but are unsure of the logistics and how practical it would be to complete? We discuss the 5 things you need to know when considering to take that all-important leap into a career change.
Make a plan
Yes, it’s all well and good saying you want a new job but without a set plan a new career direction is going to be harder to achieve. If you write down your career options on paper it’s easier to visualise where you see your future self. If you have more than one option then that’s fine – write them all down!
Then it’s just a case of a process of elimination. Where do your current skills take you and how feasible is it to learn new ones for a potential career change?
So hopefully by now, you have a clear picture of what new career direction you want to take. It’s worth your time, investigating how you will go about this and what the job entails. You can do this by asking those currently in your dream role for any advice they can offer to help you with your new career journey. Networking is crucial to building connections and relationships with key people in the industry. Attend industry events, send connection requests on LinkedIn. The more you can make yourself known within the industry the more you can ensure you’re talking to the right people to get your new career on track. Whilst some professionals may not be able to help you straight away, maintaining a good relationship with them, might mean they consider you when a future role arises within their workplace.
When considering changing careers you need to assess the feasibility. Is it possible to make such a change in your current situation? Will it require additional costs, will there be financial implications involved? If so, it’s probably best you create a time-scale of how long it will realistically take you to make the big move. You may be currently in a secure job with a good salary and moving careers might mean you have to start over again and take a job with a lower wage — which could cause financial strain. It’s worth taking this into consideration before the move. Attempting to save within your current role can help you start a new career. Having savings can really relieve the pressures of starting a new job where the salary is not what you’re used to. Remember it’s worth remaining in one job until you have saved up enough money before jumping into a new career direction.
Skills & Qualifications
Research, research and more research! If you want a new job it’s important to know what skills are required for you to be successful. For example, if you want to pursue a career in Marketing there are many different areas you could specialise in, such as; digital, SEO, social media, content & copywriting etc… so it’s important to know the exact skills, experience or qualifications you need that are required for the job. A good way to do this is by looking at job adverts to see what employers are asking for. Depending on the role, the amount of time required to spend on starting a new career will vary. Some jobs may ask for a degree in a subject you don’t have. Or so many years of experience, which you also don’t have. So be realistic and look for more entry-level roles when starting out. If you know you’ll need a degree, there are lots of part-time courses available so you can study whilst you work.
Starting a new career is never easy. It takes a lot of time and often you’ll have to start at the bottom. But the benefits can outweigh the negatives especially if you’re in a job you currently don’t enjoy.
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