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What to do before making a career change

22/05/2019
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Statistics show that the average person will change career five to seven times during their working life. And that figure is only growing higher as the working culture shifts. The days of staying in the same company from your twenties to your sixties are all but gone, with more and more people choosing to explore multiple opportunities.

But even though you might be finding yourself considering another career, actually taking that first step can be a daunting prospect. These are the 4 things you need to consider before you make a move.

Before taking a first step, analyse what it is you want to get out of a new career path

What is it you’re looking for?

Analysing your motives is the essential first step towards switching careers. Really consider what it is that’s making you want to move - is it a complete change in industry you’re seeking, or just a new role in a different company?

Before you leave your current job for something new, figure out what it is you’re seeking - is it a more interesting field, more money or something else entirely? Reflect on your current skills and whether any of your experience is transferable.

Get advice about your new career from people who have already been through it

Build up a network of contacts

When switching careers, it helps to have contacts within the field you’re looking for. Networking can be an invaluable way of getting your foot in the door, but it can also be helpful just to have someone give you advice on what life is really like in their industry.

Reach out to people in your network, or go to industry events before you try and move to a new industry. Find out what the people there are like and how they began their career paths.

Use the experience you've gained in other industries as skills that could benefit you in a new career

Highlight your background

When putting together your CV for a career change, it’s important to be open about why you’re making a move and highlighting the transferable skills you have from past roles.

Compare the job spec to the achievements you’ve made in past jobs and match that phrasing in your CV - this is an excellent time to highlight soft skills.

Add a short profile at the top, outlining why you’re planning a career change, and above all keep it positive - don’t talk about what you didn’t like in past jobs or companies.

Switching careers is not an easy task and can take a lot of time, work and patience

Be persistent

Every application and interview you go through when seeking a career change can be an opportunity to learn more about the industry and what companies are looking for. Stay up to date with the latest projects by large organisations so you can be sure you’re ready for the next opportunity, and continue to network while you search for a role.

The process of switching careers can often take a long time, but if it’s something you’ve decided is right for you then it’s important to be persistent.

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