At whatever stage of your life; whether it is a return to work after a career break or if you are facing redundancy changing career can be daunting and overwhelming.
With careful career planning though the career change will be easier, focused and more successful.
Before starting your career change however there are a few things to think about.
First of all you need to prioritise and recognise what you need to do and how you will do it.
Career change is a job in itself
How committed are you to making the career change?
Rating yourself a 4 or lower means you are not ready and you have more reflection to do. On the scale of 5 or more, you are raring to go.
The next step is prioritising what your needs and concerns are.
Career change is not just about the job role
Not only will you need to think about the professional side of the career change but also about the personal impact on yourself, your dependents and your commitments.
- Where will you find your next job?
- How will you discover which employers are recruiting now?
- What do you need to put together a powerful CV?
- Can you remember the golden rules of being interviewed?
- Do you know what to include in your cover letter and emails?
- Which agencies or online jobsites will you use?
- How can you negotiate the best benefit package once you have an offer?
- Who can help you?
- How will you build your self-confidence?
- What will you tell your family and friends?
- How will you manage your finances?
- Do you think your age will make a difference to your career change?
- Can you afford to retrain or change career direction?
- Where could you relocate to?
- What gives you real job satisfaction?
- Who can help you?
Answering these questions is no easy task and often you will need the support of friends, colleagues or even a professional to help you clarify your thoughts.
Building your self-confidence to start your journey could be as simple as reminding yourself of your strengths and skills. It can be an easy exercise and one that confirms the qualities and attributes that you can offer a new employer.
How will you get started?