18 August 2016
If you're looking for a change from your current job, there are many things you need to consider before taking the plunge.
We cannot stress enough the important of doing your research and being prepared. We're not saying coming out of your comfort zone is wrong because it definitely isn’t! What we are saying is do not jump feet first into a completely new world without knowing everything first.
So, first things first:
1. Get to know yourself. Really think and write down all your strengths and weaknesses, this will help you see in black and white what areas of work you best suit.
2. Brainstorm. Write down all you areas of interest and the industries these come under, you may have a light bulb moment and discover your new calling. It would also help you be realistic, dreaming is not bad but you have to remember all important reality.
3. Talk to your family and friends. They know you well and could maybe offer some advice on what they think you would suit career wise.
4. Seek advice. Once you have narrowed down to what industries you are heading towards, get some advice from professionals in that field and research via the internet, knowing everything before you apply for a job will help you save a lot of time and be able to grab any opportunity with both hands.
Checklist for your career change:
If you're not prepared to move, you’ll need to consider location. While you can probably find work as a travel agent in most large towns, if you're looking to get into TV production there are likely to be more opportunities in London and other major cities.
You'll have opportunities for promotion in most careers, although this doesn't always mean lots more pay. You may have to choose between doing something you love or going for something less appealing that pays more.
Changing career can eat away at your free time – you might need to work long hours, do voluntary work or study a course. Think about how this will affect others – possibly your partner, your children or anyone else you live with. Make sure you talk it over with your loved ones – if they know about how much time you need, they’ll understand and can support you more. If doing a full-time course isn't possible time-wise, you could consider a part-time or flexible course.
The job market
There's competition in most careers, but some are more competitive than others. Careers that are seen as glamorous can be difficult to get into without plenty of unpaid work experience, enthusiasm and a certain amount of luck. If you're attracted to a career like this, are you prepared to put in the extra effort?
What opportunities are there to progress in the careers you're looking at? Once you're in, how would you get to the next stage - either within the same line of work, or in a related field? What training is likely to be on offer?
What will doing the job actually mean day-to-day? If it involves meeting lots of people and that's not your thing, you might want to think again. Would you prefer a job indoors, or would you mind being outside in the depths of winter?
Your circumstances needn't limit your career options. There may be extra support available if, for example, you're a lone parent or you have a disability. If you want to learn new skills but have work or caring commitments, a part-time course could be an option for you.
Zenrec are recruitment experts and are here to help guide clients into new careers and help businesses find staff. Contact us today to speak with one of our experts or register for a free candidate account in our Candidate Centre and let us match you to your perfect job.