If you have been entertaining the idea of changing your career in 2020, you’re not the only one. They say the average person will change their career five to seven times throughout their lifetime. It’s pretty inevitable yet not many people know how to go about it successfully.
Here’s some ideas:
Assess your skills
This is crucial. Before you do anything, you need to take the time do a do a self audit on yourself. What are the skills you’ve accumulated over recent years? What do people come to you for advice on? What does your boss recognize you for? Write them all down. Tip: Ask two or three friends in your close circle, either professional or personal, what they think your top skills are. This can be a very beneficial and eye opening exercise. Sometimes we don’t see things about ourselves that others do. Now think about what do you actually enjoy doing. What was the last thing you did that gave you energy, or made you feel good. What are your interests, what books, podcasts, articles are you drawn to? This will all help give you clarity around what’s next for you.
Activate your network
Now that you’ve figured out what is you are after, it’s time to look at who can help. Get up your connections on linkedin, on your phone, ex colleagues, see who is in this line of work, or knows people who they can introduce you to. Talk to as many people as possible, ask them questions about their job, what does it actually entail, what does a typical day look like. If you are still interested after finding all this out, express your interest, ask them what you would need to do to be in a position to switch. Ask who else would be good for you to speak to. It’s amazing how much useful information you will get from this.
Take a class
You may have some skill gaps you need to fill. Perhaps your lacking confidence to make the next move. What better way to empower yourself than by learning. According to a recent study conducted by inhersight, 28% responded that the biggest obstacle to changing careers was the lack of education or skills. There are so many opportunities to learn things online, it’s quick, easy and effective and a lot less expensive than traditional education. Why wouldn’t you?
Look for people not jobs
Applying online for jobs can be tough if your CV doesn’t match 100% to the job spec so I suggest look for people not for jobs. Target hiring managers, senior people in organisations, not so senior people, ask them what’s the best in. Setting up informative interviews can be very effective. Reach out to someone in an organisation you are interested in, tell them about yourself and your situation, see if they will have a call with you. This is a great opportunity to impress in a more informal setting.
Build an online presence
Like anything, if you are looking for something in life, chances are it’s not going to come knocking on your door, you need to go find it or else be discovered.
Every employer has an online profile, therefore it’s important you are visible to them. Share your thoughts, write a blog, let people know the area’s you are passionate about. By doing this, and consistently, you will start to get noticed and your network will start to grow. You never know who will reach out to you.
It’s so important to build a career that makes you feel fulfilled and not one you dread going into every day. It can be difficult to find the balance between finding a career you love that also pays the bills. But trust me – it’s out there, you just have to find it!