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How to Change Career When You’ve No Idea What to Do Next

Change career

If you are stuck in a job that you do not enjoy or is not providing you with the financial rewards that you want, then it is a good time to consider a change of career. You spend a huge amount of your life in work, so if you are unhappy in your job, you should try and work out a plan to find a career that will give you more satisfaction.

Your wellbeing can be deeply affected if you are unhappy at work, and a change of working environment could have a significant impact on your overall happiness in life. So, the sooner you start working towards a change in career, the sooner you could benefit from the financial and wellbeing improvements.

If you are unsure of what direction you want to go in or how to get started in changing your career, these steps should help:

Research available jobs 

A good starting point is to see what types of jobs are currently available, to make sure that you do not put a lot of effort into training or learning about a job where there are very few opportunities. You should also be able to get an idea of the salaries related to different types of jobs. If the salary is not advertised, you can use websites such as Glassdoor to find out average salaries at companies and for specific jobs. 

Try to do as much online research as possible to discover a new career and look for any support you might be entitled to, such as the government’s Skills for Life scheme, or local career workshops at libraries or other places in the community.

List your skills and interests

Before you start applying for any jobs, you should review your own skills and interests. If you have always had an interest in writing, for example, you might be well suited to a job involving writing. Or if you were good at maths when you were at school, you could consider a job that requires good mathematics skills. By writing down a list of all your top skills and a list of the topics you are most interested in, you should hopefully find some that match up.

Use a skills-to-job assessment

If you are struggling to match up your skills to a particular role you think you would be interested in, you can use online tools to assess your skills and match them to particular types of jobs. The tools will generally ask you to rate your ability on a list of skills and once you have completed the rating process, they will use your answers to match you to specific jobs.

Speak to people in industries you are interested in

Use your connections to speak to people who are working in industries that you might want to work in. You can learn a lot about the work from people with experience in the type of roles you are considering applying for.  If you do not have any relevant contacts, you could use LinkedIn to contact people and ask them for some advice on developing a career in their industry. You could also use the groups set up on sites like LinkedIn to find out more about the job you are interested in by asking group members.

Once you have decided on the type of job you want to apply for, the next stage is to update your CV and you should tailor it to the different jobs you apply for, to ensure you refer to the skill and experience listed on the job descriptions.

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