If you’ve been in your job for several years the thought of quitting and starting again in a brand new field can be extremely daunting – but don’t let that put you off! Don’t stay in a job you hate simply because you’re scared – it’s never too late to start again! Below are several tips that will help guide you through your career change.
– Identify your end goal
The first thing you’ll need to do is decide what your end goal is – this will allow you to identify the steps you’ll need to take in order to get there! Ask yourself ‘where do I want to be in 5 years’ time?” Whether your answer to this question is performing open heart surgery, singing on stage with Beyoncé or flipping burgers in Mc Donald’s you’ll get nowhere without a good plan!
– Speak to a Careers Advisor
It can be hard to know exactly how to break into a new industry – if you’re struggling for ideas or simply don’t know what you want to do book an appointment with a Careers Advisor. Their expert knowledge is priceless and can really help you understand what you need to do to achieve your goal.
– It won’t happen overnight
Any type of career change will take time, you can’t just quit your office job and become a Doctor overnight. Depending on the type of role you are interested in you may even need to return to education to gain the necessary qualifications. So be patient and remember why you’re doing it – the end result will definitely be worth it!
– Be prepared to work your way up again
If your entering a new industry that you have zero experience in it’s very likely you’ll have to start from the bottom and work your way up again! Remember this during your job hunt – look for entry level roles that will help you get your foot in the door.
– Network, network, network!
Connect with the right people on LinkedIn and speak to your friends and family who work in the field you wish to go into – they’ll be able to point you in the right direction and some may even be able to put in a good word for you when their organisation is next hiring.
– Rewrite your CV and cover letter
You’ll need to scrap your old CV and write a brand new one targeted towards the new industry your interested in. Look at examples on the internet and make sure you promote the right skills and experience!
– Create a financial plan
Before you go quitting your job you’ll probably need to save up some money! So save what you can while you’re still working so you can still afford to pay the bills when you start your job search or training course. Depending on the industry you’re going into you may be able to get a bursary from the Government to help you out – teachers can get up to £30,000 whilst training!!
If you’re looking for a new role email us a copy of your CV today and see if we can help you find an exciting new career opportunity – firstname.lastname@example.org