It’s never too late for a change in your career, life is far too short to wonder ‘what if’ when you could be getting out of bed each morning feeling genuinely excited at the prospect of going to work. The rise of technology now makes searching for work far more accessible than this time twenty years ago when it used to be conventional to stay in the same career for most of your working life. However, nowadays, the average person will now have between 12-15 jobs in their lifetime, and the average time spent in a job is roughly five years. This is why it is so important to ensure you secure yourself a career in which you can feel valued and motivated which will in turn allow you to thrive. Our team of recruitment experts at polkadotfrog have put together 4 top tips to help you take the initial steps to your new career path:
Step 1: Decide your direction
Before making a decision on your new career, firstly consider the different reasons for why it is you want to change. Create a realistic set of goals of what you’re looking for within your new career path, consider what you enjoy doing and then research different jobs where these goals can be carried through.
Step 2: Establish your skills set
What skills do you currently have that could be transferrable to another role? Consider what your core skills are, take in to account any academic qualifications that may be relevant to the path that you wish to take and any practical skills that you have gained over the years. Clients may be more likely to consider candidates with transferrable skills due to skills shortages and the current high employment rate. Remember the key is to sell yourself in your CV so don’t leave anything out that may be applicable.
Step 3: Build connections
Building and maintaining relationships both in and out of the workplace can always be beneficial when it comes to career networking – it can help when wanting to move along the career ladder and search for a new job. Networking is a great way to hear about upcoming job opportunities with different companies and get to know people who already work there. According to a LinkedIn survey, 70% of individuals in 2016 were hired at a company where they had a prior connection and 61% of professionals say that maintaining regular online interaction with their network can lead to new job opportunities.
Step 4: Extra training
You could choose to broaden your knowledge by taking up a course. The National Careers Service run by the government helps people to look for lots of different types of learning opportunities such as colleges, training providers and online courses. Although not necessary, having a recent qualification on your CV may help you to stand out from other applicants. In some cases, new employers may be prepared to pay for new training, and there are also Government funded options available. Find out more about courses here: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/home
Starting a new career can be daunting but with the right positive mind-set it doesn’t always have to be. Take time to consider what you would love to do more of in your next job but also think about things that you no longer wish to do. Put the effort in to discover any potential connections between jobs and don’t put limitations on yourself. If you would like any further advice on finding a new career then please contact your local branch to speak to a friendly member of our team.