A career change is already a difficult decision, and the further into your current career you are or the older you get, the more difficult the decision to change career becomes.
No matter what your age, dont get bogged down in the idea that because you have worked in your current career for the past however many years, or because you already made one career change in your life, that this is it for you.
Changes in the direction of your career can happen several times throughout our lifetime; its completely normal! Careers arent always what they seem in the beginning, and the sense of boredom and lack of fulfilment can soon set in. Dont stagnate in your current career for the rest of your working life! These 5 tips will help you make the smooth transition from one career to the next:
Realistically, you arent going to decide to change career today and be working in your new dream job next week. Depending on the difference between your current skills and experience and those required on the new job, you should start to look at gaining new skills and qualifications to give you a head start in your new career; especially if you dont want to drop back to entry-level wages!
Career training courses are a great option, as you can study in your own time and gain the skills and knowledge needed in as little as 12 weeks. The courses are designed with real career options in mind, with the training given equipping you to walk straight into the position you are aiming for.
Try to be ruthless with the information you include on your CV, with the rule of thumb that it shouldnt be longer than 1 page (2 at the very most!). Employers will favour a CV that gets to the point quickly, as they dont have time to sit and read through page after page. A small personal information section (one paragraph) summing up your character followed by the most relevant work experience, skills and qualifications is the best format for a relevant CV.
Catch the employers attention with all the juiciest bits, and you can go into more detail about experience and knowledge when you get the interview!
This might sound cheesy, but one of the things that can hold someone back from taking the leap is not believing they have the ability to perform in a new career!
It is difficult, because we all define ourselves by our current career and so it means re-defining part of our identity. But if you have the confidence in your own abilities, it will make you far more likely to succeed. In the interview stage, an employer will pick up on a lack of confidence, so believing in yourself will give you a better chance of coming across confident and able in the interview.
When deciding to change career, we often dont have another career path in mind. Most people want to change because they are unhappy in their current career, rather than a new found passion for a new specialism.
Whether you have a new career path in mind or not, you should first be considering what matters most to you in a career. What working environment would you most enjoy working in? What drives your love for a job? What skills are your strongest and what skills do you most enjoy applying? Are working hours important?
All of the above and more should be taken into account when you are deciding which route to go down in your new career, as these are the things that will make you happy in your new job. You might not find every single want fulfilled by one job, which is why you should to consider whats important to you in order of priority; what are you willing to compromise on or sacrifice and what is a must in your new career?
The best way to find out real information about the industry you want to work in is to talk to those who already work in it.
If you have a company in mind, talk to the current employees about how the company treats them, how the recruitment process works, and what they love/hate about working for the company.
If you dont have a company in mind, chat to people in the industry about which companies offer the best opportunities, find out who is recruiting, and what the best way to get noticed in the field is.
A career change may be a scary and daunting thing, but whats more daunting; learning something new and finding your feet for a few months, or being stuck in a career that makes you unhappy for years to come?
If you want to chat to someone about taking the first steps towards a career change, our friendly careers advisors are always happy to help. Call us on 01 8404075 or drop by our Pitman Training Centre on North Street, Swords.