Tired of your job? The same four walls, same annoying colleagues, detached boss and the workload that never stops- but all feels like ‘more of the same’? Perhaps you’ve reached the top of your career path, or are in a job that offers no progression leaving you unsatisfied. You could be overworked, underworked and bored, you might just want to do something more rewarding. Either way, there are lots of reasons why you might want to switch careers- even if it’s taken you a long way to get to where you are. If you’ve had enough of your current role and want to do something completely different, here are some of the questions to ask yourself before taking the plunge.
1. What Kind Of Career Is Right For You?
Your first step will be deciding what kind of job you will do next, what will suit you personally. Instead of basing it solely on money, think of what your interests are. If you can find a role that incorporates things you find interesting or exciting, your work life will be far more fulfilling. For example, if you prefer to be up on your feet working outside then a sedentary office job isn’t going to be for you. Instead, why not consider working in health and fitness, if you’re energetic with an interest in this area then you could train to become a personal trainer. If you enjoy the outdoors, working as a landscape gardener or even on a farm could for you. Even something like removals would allow you to be up and on your feet and burning energy. This is a relatively simple business to get started so ideal if you’d rather be your own boss instead of an employee. Maybe numbers are your thing, you might have been good at maths at school and went on to study a course relating to maths at university such as computing, accounting or geometry. If so, going down the finance route would be the best way to utilise your skills and interests- there are lots of jobs you might not even of heard of. Take procurement for example, in this role you buy and sell for a business and excellent maths and finance skills are a must. A company like Portfolio procurement recruitment agency allows you to browse these kinds of jobs in one place without having to search all over the internet. If you’re a people person, jobs like nursing, teaching or customer focused jobs are likely to suit you. What it all comes down to is you should choose a role that suits you, your skills and interests. If you’re thinking about changing career right now, it’s probably because you’ve outgrown the job and it no longer suits who you are. So choose wisely so you’ll be happier in the next role.
2. What Skills And Experience Will You Need?
Changing career is a huge, life changing decision. It’s not something you can simply decide one day, quit your job and hope for the best. To do it properly, you need to plan and research. Set yourself up for success, the last thing you want is to end up unemployed and between jobs with no income. Think about the job you want, what kind of skills and experience will you need? You might need a degree in a whole new subject, if this is the case you could study online part time until you have the education you need. You might need experience- if you do, you could look into unpaid voluntary work for a few hours each weekend. You might need specific skills, if so can you look into training groups, seminars and other kinds of workshops? Not only will these give you the practical skills you need but it also looks good on your CV. It shows employers that you’re serious and have gone out of your way to achieve what you need for the role. Building up your CV in general is no bad thing, if you plan on changing careers a little later down the line when you’re in the best position to do so, you could work on your resume and maybe even use it as an excuse to tick off some bucket list items. Volunteering abroad, starting a blog, getting into some interesting hobbies. These are all things that will help you to stand out when you start applying for the positions that you want.
3. Be Wary Of Discrimination
Another thing you may have to deal with if you’re making the change later in life is age discrimination. There are laws in place in our modern world which are designed to stop lots of kinds of discrimination, however in practice they’re not completely foolproof. If you are a little older, age discrimination may well affect you on some level so it’s worth being aware of. There are a few small and simple ways you can prevent this in the recruitment stages. First would be to update your email from old providers like AOL to Gmail or Outlook. The second would be to mainly focus on the relevant tasks that you’ve done in the last decade. Don’t speak in detail at interviews or on your CV about older work since times have changed dramatically in terms of technology. Set up a LinkedIN page and put a link to it on your CV, this shows that your up to date with the times and on modern networking methods. Hopefully your age doesn’t pose any problems when you come to change career, but it is something to consider and plan for.
A change of career is a brave step, but really is something that can improve your life in a big way. When we spend such a large proportion of our lives working, we want our time spent there to feel like it means something. If you can find a job and do work that’s rewarding in some way or utilises your skills, chances are you’ll be a happier person in general.