Time for a career change?

With an ever-increasing number of exciting career choices on offer and the “job for life” notion disrupted by our insatiable hunger for variety and experience, about a third of the total workforce now changes jobs every twelve months.

Over the length of a working career, people are making a career change between five and seven times on average. If the frequency and pace of career change continues to accelerate you’ll likely be in the minority if you change your job less than every three years.

What’s driving career change?

The reasons people change careers are many and varied. Interestingly a survey of 10,000 people on LinkedIn cited the primary reason as a lack of career advancement.

Other common reasons include:

  • Being in the wrong career from the start. Many of us fall into jobs rather than choosing them
  • Changes in interests. This may be driven by a passion or hobby
  • Career burnout
  • Changes in technology or skills required.  This may lead to a complete shift in job roles
  • Life changes such as having a baby, getting married or moving house
  • Redundancy and financial concerns.

Other reasons include difficulties balancing work and life, and quite often it simply boils down to frustration.

If any of these points ring true for you it might be time for you to take action. Take a look at our tips below for career changers to get started.

Tips for career changers

Once you’ve decided to make the leap it’s important to consider how you’ll set yourself up for success. 

1. Set clear goals

With any career change it is a good idea to map out your short and long-term goals: consider small steps that lead you to these such as taking the leap on a part-time basis without giving up the financial security enjoyed with your current permanent position. 

2. Shadow and network

Take the opportunity to find out as much as you can about the day-to-day of your new career. Shadow those who are already successful in your destination job and build your network through attending industry events, seminars and join online communities. 

3. Up-skill

Consider the new skills that you’ll need to develop to be successful in your destination career and explore how you can flexibly gain the qualifications needed. If you are over 19 then you may be eligible for Advanced Learner Loan funding to help you pay for your training so you can get started sooner. 

4. Play to your strengths

Finally, when considering a career change always consider your natural strengths, what you are good at and what you enjoy, and try to move closer to a job that uses these. This can really help to define your next career move and set you up for a successful first step into a new environment.

If you’re interested in a change of career, look at our careers pages.

 

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