Bored in your current job? Not happy with your earnings? The start of a new year is the perfect time to re-evaluate your career, and if you’re not happy with it, to make some changes. If you decide you want to take a new direction in 2017, it’s worth paying attention to the following tips.
Make sure you know what you really want
Changing your career path is a hugely important decision and it may take time, effort and potentially financial investment to make the switch, so this isn’t something you should rush into. Before you take action, it’s essential that you think carefully about what exactly it is you want from your work. What type of role would you most like? Are there elements of your existing job that you’d like to keep? What are your priorities in terms of practicalities like commuting time and pay? Asking yourself questions like these should help you to hone in on a new career path that will work for you in the long term.
Find practical ways to bridge the skill gap
Once you’ve identified your objective, it’s time to look at the steps you’ll need to take in order to reach your goal. You might find you need to sign up for particular courses, or perhaps you’ll benefit from gaining work experience in different fields. Bear in mind that certain types of role can be an effective springboard to a range of other careers. For example, as sales and fundraising specialist Appco Group points out in a blog post, while face-to-face sales can be an excellent career path in its own right, it’s also a good way for people to pick up skills that they can use in other areas.
Appco UK notes that direct sales can make people much more confident when it comes to dealing with others, it can improve communication skills and it encourages people to think on their feet. Appco also highlights the fact that sales roles can nurture people’s organisational abilities. All of these attributes can prove highly valuable in a range of roles.
Whether you need specific qualifications in order to bridge the skills gap for your new career or you have to build your knowledge and skills through work experience, it’s useful to make a step-by-step plan so you know exactly what you have to achieve.
Work on your CV, and your story
Of course, as you start to gain new skills and experience, you’ll need to update your CV to reflect this. Make sure the document reflects you in the best possible light, keeping it succinct, compelling and error-free. You’ll also need to start thinking about the narrative you want to convey to potential employers concerning your switch of career. Employers can be wary about candidates who have changed their direction, so you’ll need to make sure you’re ready to explain your reasoning and reassure them that you’re committed to your new career path.