It happens to all of us at some point in our lives. We suddenly get the feeling that we’ve become stuck in a rut career-wise, doing the same thing day in day out. You might have started off brimming with ideas and passion but now you find yourself trawling job sites when you should be concentrating on the job in hand.
If that sounds like you, then it could be time for a career change. It needn’t be as radical as quitting the rat race to make jam in a country kitchen, but here are just a few things to keep in mind if you’re ready to take the plunge and change direction.
- Do you have the right skills? – If you do, that’s great. If you don’t, you might need to think about taking some courses to beef up your CV or getting some advice from someone already working in your dream job. Be it practical skills or getting to grips with new theories and ideas, you have to know your stuff to make the leap.
- Do you have the qualifications? – If you’re thinking of going self-employed it might not matter, but if you’re trying to get a foot in the door of another company it almost certainly will. If it’s a complete change of direction, remember you’re starting later than the competition and lack the experience. Getting a piece of officially stamped paper will give you a better chance.
- Do you have transferable skills? – No matter how big the leap, most jobs have some level of cross-over you can emphasise in your application. Every company values good communication and interpersonal skills, for instance. You might need to stretch it a bit with some creative thinking, but emphasise the similarities between your current job and the job you want.
- Can you call in favours? – Always make use of your contacts, if you have them. Friends of friends can be very useful in a big career change. If you don’t have any contacts in your new field, get yourself out to some networking events and make a bee-line for the people you want to impress and tap for information.
Of course, you’ll also need some idea of what exactly it is you want to do. If you need inspiration put your CV into the ValueMyCV tool and let our career explorer give you some suggestions. If you already know what you want, what are you waiting for – use that search bar at the top of the page to find your new dream job.