Why don’t you try? : Find out about starting a new career in a new sector
The prospect of a career change, particularly in an economy riddled with uncertainty, can be daunting, and switching jobs is never a decision that should be taken lightly. However, despite the temporary disruption and nerve-wracking first few weeks, in the long-term, it could be the most rewarding thing you do.
Before you make such a big decision, you must weigh up the pros and cons, think realistically about the careers you have the skills and experience to do and consider when the right time to make the move might be.
There are lots of different reasons why people seek a career change. You might want more money, less stress or more flexible hours, or perhaps you’ve always dreamed of running your own business or turning a hobby into a career. It might feel uncomfortable and uncertain, but taking the time to think about what you really want will save you time, effort and heartache in the long run. When it comes to a career change, the more research you do, the better position you’ll be in to make the right decision. However, it’s important not to get trapped in ‘analysis paralysis’ and letting the weeks, months and years pass you by.
Taking small actions on a daily basis is a great way to get the ball rolling and start narrowing down your options. For example, emailing a contact who works in an industry you’re interested in or finding out about online courses you could take to give you the necessary skills to make the leap are steps in the right direction. Speaking to career advisers at the National Careers Service, talking to professional coaches and mentors and even getting some work experience will help you cross off the possibilities and really start to focus your job search.
Here’s a tip for you to try this week :
Decide what subject you would like to learn about and see what courses are available near to you, via your local council, college, adult learning centre or university., Search for careers and courses using the national careers service website this week.
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