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Tue 20th Sep 2011

Time for a career change?


Research from careers advice and training provider oneworklife highlighted that nearly 27% of UK workers have considered a change of career. But with the economic climate affecting the job market in more ways than one, it can seem like a change of career is impossible, with no means to improve your pay or conditions.

However, it doesn't have to be that way. Whether your career didn't quite follow the path that you had planned, wasn't quite as you had imagined it would be, or you just fancy a change, turning your career around is not impossible. Here are some of tips to get your career back on track:

  • Set yourself clear goals. To start with, you need to know what you want to do. What is it that you like and dislike in your current job? What are you good at? What would you like to push further? Take a look at the jobs available on recruitment websites and speak to people you know to find out about appealing careers that would meet your expectations.

  • Be realistic. Once you have an idea of where you would like to go, make a list of skills and qualifications required, and compare it to your own. Writing it down will help you identify cross-overs you might not have thought about, and will help you establish an action plan.

  • Put the wheels in motion. If you need to retrain to get into your chosen field, try it. You should view training as an investment in your future an investment that is likely to result in greater career satisfaction and a higher income. Hundreds of different training courses are available throughout the UK and you may be entitled to a career development loan to help you manage the costs. With the option to choose between classroom, online or distance learning, re-training can be fitted around work if required, and take as little or as much time as needed.

  • Boost your new you. When your training is complete, rework your CV to include your new skills and experience. Make sure that it demonstrates your abilities in their best light and shows off what you can do. Get someone to look at it before you send it off. Another opinion is always good to make sure it reads well and that no typos have been left.

With the right approach and a bit of perseverance, the new career you are dreaming of is not that far away.