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Five steps to starting a new career at any age

Five steps to starting a new career at any age 


Age is just a number. No matter what your age, you deserve to get up and go to work to do a job you feel passionate about.

Too many of us have stuck it out for years in a job that just doesn’t feel right. Maybe it never felt right, or maybe over time you’ve just changed and outgrown the job you used to enjoy. Whatever the reason, it’s time for a change. So here’s the five steps to getting started on your journey to finding the new career that suits you:

Start networking

If you know what industry you want to pursue a new career in, great! Find networking events or start using LinkedIn and other online networks to find people within that industry that you can talk to about how to get started, put the feelers out for opportunities and generally learn more about the industry you think you want to work in.

If you don’t know what industry, that’s not an issue. You should still network, but instead put yourself out there at more general events. Look for recruitment fairs and business coffee mornings where a variety of industries and companies come together to form working relationships. This will give you the chance to chat to people from various industries all at once and start to narrow down which sectors might actually be the ones for you.  

Experiment to find the right fit

It’s a good idea to test the water before taking the plunge, particularly if you’re still undecided on what your new career will be. Evening classes and part-time training courses are a great way to gain the skills and knowledge you’ll need to get started in a certain role or industry whilst also giving you a taste of what’s to come.

You may also want to reach out to the people you’ve formed relationships with through networking to see if there are any opportunities to shadow them or do a trial in their offices to get a taste of a day in the life of the role you’re considering before you commit.

Don’t rush it

Changing career shouldn’t be rushed. Yes, you should strike while the enthusiasm is fresh and start talking to people and booking courses. But don’t rush into applying for new jobs instantly and start telling everyone you’re leaving and then a few months down the line realise you’re not so keen on the idea of a change.

Plan for the change, financially

Starting afresh in a new career could mean taking a pay cut, especially if you’ve come from a senior or managerial role in another industry. There’s also the cost of courses and training to consider, so be sure you’re ready financially before taking the plunge.

Make a plan and take action

Whatever the industry or role you want to change to, there’s one common denominator; career management. Every career, new or old, needs career management. By that, I mean you need to make a plan of how you intend to reach your end goal and set realistic targets along the way to keep you motivated to keep going.

If you’d like some help and support on how to manage your career and achieve your goals, talk to one of our career advisors. Book an appointment today; call 01 8404075 or email swords@pitman-training.net.


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