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Fancy a career change

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If you’re considering a change in career there can be a lot to think about, especially if you have a family to support. It’s definitely not impossible though and life’s too short to spend unhappy at work. So if you fancy a career change here are some tips and points to consider before you hand in your notice and go off to find your dream job.

Do you really want a new career or just a new job?

Be honest with yourself. Is your working environment getting you down or have you always dreamed of doing something different? If you hate going into work every day but enjoy the actual job then perhaps you’d be better off considering applying for similar or promoted posts within a different company. The difference something like working alongside motivated colleagues or having more of a say in your working pattern can have on how much you enjoy your work is amazing.

Deciding on a new career

Some people embarking on a career change know exactly what they want to go and to do, but for others deciding on that new direction can be tricky. Make a list of the parts of your current and previous jobs that you enjoy and things that you’re good at. For example, if you are target-driven then you might like the idea of sales or if you have a particular passion for something, such as photography, you could look into making a living from that.

Retraining

Fancy a career changeOnce you’ve decided what path you want to take you need to take the right steps to reach your destination. In some cases you’ll be able to use transferable skills to get a foot in the door of new industry. But for others you may need to retrain, gaining new skills and qualifications. Do your research and consider your options before you hand in your notice. Finances as a student can be very tight, so find out if part-time or open learning options are available. You may find you can study in the evenings while keeping your current job to finance your studies. Bear in mind that if you retrain you may have to be prepared to start from the bottom and work your way up. If you already have a senior role at work would you be prepared to do this?

Think outside the box

As we’ve said, many of the skills and experiences you’ve gained during your working life can be transferred to use in a new career. For example, impeccable organisation is essential to anyone thinking about starting up their own business and people skills are used in almost any career you could possibly think of. Take the skills you’ve learned and demonstrate to potential employers how you would use them efficiently in your new endeavours.

Work/life balance

Most working parents value a good work/life balance and don’t want to be working or stressing about their jobs long into the evenings. It’s certainly something to take into account when choosing a new career. If possible, go to events and interact with people in the industry online. Not only will this give you a good networking base, which can open doors for you, it will also allow you an insight into how the industry works and what might be expected of you.

 

 

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Maria is a freelance writer with over 10 years' experience producing content for a variety of publications and websites. When not working or looking after her two gorgeous sons, she can usually be found playing flugelhorn in a brass band, helping out at her local hospital radio station, shouting at the television while watching Formula 1, at the cinema or plonked on the couch with a cold glass of wine.

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