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Changing Careers

12th September 2019

Changing Careers

Do you feel like you are stagnating in your current career? You may be losing motivation, feel disengaged by the lack of profession or you may have simply stopped enjoying it.

If any of those apply, then you may be thinking about a career change. But how to go about it? How do you decide what you want to do? How do you change career without any experience?

Read on for some helpful tips!

Choosing the Right Career

The first step to a career change is choosing what you want to do next. Think about what you enjoy, where your strengths lie and think about what you want to get out of your new career. Sometimes, it might be best to do some internet searches to find out what you are suited to.

Are you good with numbers? Maybe a career in finance is best for you. Want outside work? Have you considered construction? Or if you’re an effective communicator, a sales-based role might by the best option.

Discuss the matter with people close to you and see what they suggest – after all, they are the people who know you best.

Have a look at one of our previous blogs, with some tips on finding the right career for you.

Getting into a New Industry

So you decided your next move – great!

But most companies require at least a years’ experience for even entry level roles. You’re working full time already, so you can’t even gain a bit of work experience. So how do you get into a new industry without any experience?!

The best thing to do is gain a relevant qualification. Look at online or evening courses you can do in the relevant industry. For example, if you’re looking to go into construction you could take a bricklaying course. Of if you’re after a career in finance, sign up to do an AAT.

A qualification help you learn new skills relevant to your new career and gain a qualification in it. But – equally as importantly – it will show your interest is genuine. Employers are much more likely to employ you with no experience if you have, or are working towards, a relevant qualification.

As well as this, may sure you put your transferrable skills front and centre on your new CV. You may not have the relevant work experience, but your life experiences will count in your favour. Have a look at what transferable skills are and why they are so important. Think about what transferrable skills you possess, particularly those that are relevant to your new career. Emphasise them when you are writing your new CV.

It Won’t Be Easy

Changing career will not be easy. It will take a lot of hard work and will most likely result in a pay cut. You will have to start again at the bottom of the ladder. But it will be worth it in the long run. If you don’t feel happy in your current career, it may be time to make a change.

 

 

 

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