How to make a career change?

If you’ve decided that it’s time to make a career change, there are a few areas to think about to help you focus and decide which direction to take.

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What do you want?

Before you can find a new career that suits you, you need to think about:

  • What do you really enjoy doing?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Do you have any hobbies or talents?
  • What kind of place do you want to be working in?
  • What don’t you want?

Taking all these things into consideration will help you build self-awareness and focus on what your new career could be.

Is it the right time?

Consider timing. If changing roles means re-training or taking a drop in salary you should consider can you afford this?

Also, think about do you need time to master the necessary skills? If so, factor in this transition time so you are in the best position for your new career.

How can you start to make the change?

Make a plan with tasks and timeframes to reach your goal. This may include topping up your skills and work experience in certain areas to make you stand out to employers.

Research the new career path you’d like to take. An employer will be really impressed if you know lots about their organisation and you can be clear on the areas you may need to develop.

Look out for opportunities to build up your experience, for example undertaking a relevant qualification, networking or volunteer work.