Further Career Advice
More tips and ideas on how to change your current job.
Looking for career advice or ideas on how to change your current job? We have some helpful hints to support your decision. Make the change a positive one by being well organised and proactive. Whether you are looking at taking on a higher level of command of even moving into a totally different industry sector, there are ways of doing it right and of doing it wrong. Take a look at some of the tips below and make your transition a good one.
A career move that makes sense
Very few of us stay in the same job for the whole of our working life; it is now common practice to change jobs in order to further growth and add to your knowledge bank and areas of expertise. Whilst we are not talking constant job-hopping, there are key times in your life when a career move makes sense. Sometimes these changes are forced upon us by redundancy or other transitional forces but whichever reason you have for making a move, do it well.
Don’t be complacent
Even if you are currently happy in your role, it always pays to network and keep in touch with a mix of professional groups. By extending your business relationships outside of your current catchment area, you can build connections that will help you later on if you move.
Be sure about what you want to do
Some of us may be lucky enough to have a job that we love, but it is not always possible. However, this does not mean that you should not take a step back, check out your interests and capabilities and consider whether or not they could help you to follow a new career path. For example, if you are an avid blogger or writer, could you turn these talents into copywriting skills that could take you in a slightly different direction? Do you want a change of role or just a change of location or more flexibility when it comes to hours of work? As well as looking at employed roles, think about whether going freelance would suit you.
Consider why you are moving
Always be sure of why you are looking to move. Once you have left a job, it is hard to go back so it’s good to know you are leaving for the right reasons. Are you simply bored with your day-to-day routine? Do you have boss problems? Are you attracted to a new role because it offers much more in the way of career progression? It is always better to be moving due to positives rather than negatives. Be honest with yourself and make this move a productive one.
Do you need to re-train?
Sometimes we find that we have the skills to allow us to switch to a new career but do not have the pieces of paper to validate them. If taking a course or two would massively enhance your chances of securing the job you really want, then check out how you can do it. Evening classes and online remote tuition now make it easy to work and study at the same time. If you have savings put aside, you may even be able to take a career break to study or re-train prior to moving into a new role.
Whatever your current position, it pays to never be too complacent. By being aware of potential changes in your existing role, you will easily be able to adapt and move forward when the time comes to do so. By taking time to plan ahead, the change will be so much easier and you are much more likely to move to a new company or industry sector where you will secure the kind of job that you really want.