Job Seekers: Career Advice

Choosing A Career

Breaking into a new career can be difficult. If you are going to change into a new career, how do you make sure you get it right, how do you find out what it's all about, etc. As we grow and mature, a career that was once considered the job of your dreams may not be so today. The more research you do, the more likely you are to end up in the right place. One advantage of having been in a job you disliked is that you know what to avoid. Although it's difficult to tell if something is going to suit you until you actually do it, having a close look at day-to-day realities reduces the risk of making another mistake.

Reality Career Checklist

A mix of information from a variety of sources is needed to make an informed decision when choosing a career:

No Job Is For Life

We've become used to the idea that no job is for life and many of us move frequently between employers with relative ease, but changing careers completely is a bigger and much more complex decision. Often it is a case of wondering where to start.

One of the biggest hurdles faced with changing careers is financial. A complete career change often means retraining and that has financial implications. As well as paying for courses to build up new skills you have to consider lost earnings and the prospect of a lower starting salary in your new profession. It's also difficult to give up the security of being in a job (even one that isn't satisfying) for the unknown.

It would be easy to encourage everyone to go for their dream regardless of cost, but that's not realistic if you need to keep earning. But don't despair. It's not impossible to change career and provide for yourself at the same time, though it may take longer than it would if money were no problem. If you're prepared to think laterally and make some compromises on the way you'll get there. You can't afford not to make changes once you admit you're working in the wrong place.

Re-Evaluating Your Skills

Being in one job for a long time - or out of work for a while, can make you believe there's not much you're good at, apart from what you're already doing. There are so many skilled things we do instinctively every day that we stop recognising them as special.

Qualifications and experience aside there are some very important attributes that all employers feel they can't get enough of:

These transferable skills, essential for success in the most high-powered jobs, are often learnt and perfected in ordinary situations. It doesn't matter what examples you use to provide proof that you have the qualities employers are looking for, what does matter is that you identify and describe them in a convincing manner.

Re-Evaluate Yourself

Re-evaluate yourself by answering the following questions:

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