If you feel trapped in a job you don’t like, you are not alone. The current economic climate has created a culture of fear around leaving a job, in case you don’t find another one. All you have to do is believe that you can make that change:
from a particular job sector
from a less senior into a more senior role
from one role into another (business development to project management)
out of a stagnant career into development and promotion opportunities
from finishing education to deciding the right career for you
Be brave, take the first step and build your confidence and make your career change fulfilling.
For a step-by-step guide follow the stages below.
Stage 1: Know Yourself
To know yourself is extremely important and you should make every effort possible to ensure that you are thoroughly prepared with this knowledge before making any kind of decision concerning your future career, training or personal growth.
You can become better prepared through the use of various career tests, including a variety of questionnaires, as well as a range of extremely useful self-assessments.
Completing such tests will enable you to gain a clearer idea of who you are and what your specific wants and needs are, which is vital when looking to change your career.
By sitting down and focusing on yourself in this manner, you will also gain valuable insight into:
Your Transferable Skills (Key skills that enable you to adapt and be flexible when going through career change)
The top values that you hold
Additional career drivers
Once you start completing such exercises, you’ll see that you build up a clearer picture of all of the above which will enable you to create a ‘Job Template’. This is a document that you can refer to quickly and see all the fundamental elements that will make you happy in a new job. We can help you put this together.
Stage 2: Explore Ideas and Opportunities
Having completed Stage 1, you should have renewed confidence in your own abilities and what is required when going through change. You should now be mentally prepared to come up with masses of ideas that will help you to plan your future. Below are a few hints as to what these ideas could include:
How to develop yourself professionally (e.g. training courses and seminars)
How to improve your chances at securing an interview
Listing a wide variety of extremely different job roles
Working abroad/ different surroundings (e.g. outdoors instead of inside)
It is a good idea to ensure your Job Template is as complete as possible, making sure that you have made it as specific as you can.
Your Job Template must be accurate so that you are clear on what it is that you want and need in your career so that when, in an interview, you are asked “Why do you want this job”, or “What do you expect or want to gain from this role?” you are able to answer in a positive and clear manner.
Stage 3: Make a Career Decision
After you have thought out your masses of ideas, you must then start to research all the areas that you are interested in; either through reading various booklets/ brochures/ online materials, or talking to people you know in the work sector or even approaching the employers themselves. Follow these steps and your career change will be well on track.