Top 10 Career Change Tips
New Year often brings with it the desire for a new job or a complete change in direction.
January also brings with it the so-called Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year although researchers say it’s not the specific day more the short days and less sunlight.
But as resolutions are prepared for New Year, a new job can be top of the list but it may not be a new job that you want – you may need to tackle an issue that’s making you unhappy.
Pippa Rothery, who is branch manager at Edwards & Pearce Professional Recruitment in Parliament Street, Hull, said: “Would a scheduled meeting with your manager or your annual appraisal give an opportunity re-consider that a career change is what you want and not just current circumstances that need to be addressed?”
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Pippa has pulled together some tips for focusing on what you really want.
- Identify why you would want to change career.
- Have you identified exactly what you want to do if you were not engaged in your current career
- Do you have the qualifications/talent/passion to do it?
- Can you afford to take some time out of paid employment in case the new career doesn’t go to plan – this is especially important if you plan to become self-employed. It could take a while before your business starts to show a profit that is enough to call a salary.
Pippa added: “Looking for a lifestyle chance is a popular reason to want to change jobs and careers.
“Just because it’s a new year doesn’t necessarily mean you should consider a new job. What it might mean is that you need to address issues at work that need attention and are making you not enjoy your current position anymore.”
Career coach Steve Nicholls says: “When people come to me to discuss a potential new career, they are often at a point of crisis in their current job or career.
“They may have been experiencing negativity from a line manager or colleagues, or feel stuck in a dead end.
“So when you’re planning a career change with or without engaging a career coach, I would urge you to really focus on the task in hand; you need to bring the best version of you to any decisions about career or life.
“Allow yourself the time and space to focus on this life changing decision you are about to make. How about writing a list of 10 things that you like about yourself, as primer to get into the right frame of mind?”
But he cautions that there is ‘no easy quick fix to career change’ but with ‘care and commitment it is possible’.