I wrote this recently for Frankly Recruitment
Are these some of the words and phrases that come to mind when you think of your career? Unhappy, lost, stressed out, unappreciated, burned out… Do you dread Monday mornings or feel that your health or relationships are suffering because of your work?
If so, it is time to make changes. It could even be time to change career.
Many people change careers several times or more, and many employers consider experience in different careers a distinct advantage because it brings different ideas, skills and approaches. However, before you make a switch, you might like to consider these career change tips.
- Check what you are unhappy with
Whilst changing career will address your current challenges, it may be a case of ‘throwing out the baby with the bath water.’ For example, if you have a difficult relationship with your boss, ask yourself if things would be different if you had a different boss. Perhaps there are other organisations where you would be happier?
- Understand your strengths, skills, likes and dislikes
This will help you start to think about your target career and to feel more confident. Many people find it difficult to think of their strengths and skills, so invest some time on this. You could even ask a friend or colleague as they are likely to have a different perspective.
- Discover your priorities
What are the things that matter most to you in your life and career? Is it your location, quick career progression, being home in time for dinner with the children, a good work life balance, or interesting technical work? It is important to understand your priorities so that you can ensure your new career aligns with them.
- Decide what you want to do
This can be challenging, although many people find it helpful to remember that changing career isn’t irreversible. If you are unsure what you want to do, you could start by asking “what don’t I want from my career”, and then ask “if I don’t want that, what would I like instead?”
- Do your research
There will be obstacles and practical considerations. Thorough research will increase the likelihood of success, help you foresee obstacles and identify possible routes into the career. Find out more about your new chosen career – talk to people in the industry, look at job-boards for the type of roles/salaries, check out different company’s websites and do some Google searching. LinkedIn can be really useful for identifying contacts, as well as their backgrounds to discover how they got into the current industry.
- Plan your career move
Although changing career can feel daunting, with considered planning, it is more likely to go smoothly. I have a free career planning tool available, please email me to request your copy – firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Invest in your relationships
Get back in touch with neglected contacts and friends (this is a good thing to do, even if you are not quite ready to change career). Start to make new contacts, particularly in your new target industry. These contacts could be invaluable, and of course, you may also be able to help them in some way! Many people are more than happy to help and speak to you over a coffee or lunch if you ask the right way.
- Get your CV and social media in shape
Your CV and LinkedIn profile should be tailored to your new career. It is a good idea to change your LinkedIn privacy settings and turn off your activity broadcasts. Don’t forget to clean up the rest of your social media – remove embarrassing photos and comments from Facebook and unlike pages that other people may find questionable.
These eight tips are essential to consider before changing career. They do require some work and time, but are worth it to secure a career that you deserve.
Many people change career several times. You don’t have to suffer a career that you don’t like or find fulfilling. No one should dread Monday mornings. To help keep focused, ask yourself “in ten years will I regret having stayed put?”
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