Considering a new career?
If you are reading this then there is a good chance you are considering a career change! You may have been considering a career change for a while now and with the onset of a New Year you are now focused to make the change happen.
Richard Branson has said, “Just because you start in a certain sector, or study a certain subject at university, doesn’t mean you will have to spend your entire life at it,”
This is so true but you’ll need to make a plan of action depending on where you currently are and where you wish to go.
Job within the same or similar sector
Take a look at the job vacancies for your areas of interest and see if you match the essential criteria. If not, what do you need to do to meet them? A part-time course may be?
If you do not have a LinkedIn account, it is important to get one. This article explain nicely to why you need a LinkedIn account. It is also important to update your CV. Try to highlight your strengths and experiences in meeting the the main features the job vacancies you have researched. You can go in to further detail in a cover letter so do not overload the CV!
New career in a different area
Don’t put it off any longer. Start your research. If you need additional qualifications you would need to align with course start dates. You may need to think about funding courses too.
You may wish to continue working in your current field and complete a part-time course. Some courses, such as nursing, would require you to study on a full-time basis. Read this blog about studying full time and part-time.
From 2016 there is new government supported loan for postgarduate courses. For more details read this blog.
Your move may be an extension of a skill you already have, like this story of a gentleman who worked as a graphic designer and went into illustration. Read his story here.
Do you want to start your own business?
Work on your business in your spare time until you get to point where your business needs your full attention and time. Also, do the prep work before jumping into getting your idea up and running.
Go to the Gov.uk as a starting point.
It’s never too late to make a career change. Click here for an article that nicely demonstrates this point.