Going to work shouldn’t be a chore. We know that for some people, it inevitably is, but when you’ve got your dream job, it really isn’t like that. At Office Angels, we’re pretty lucky because we love what we do; and we want to make sure that you do too. So if you don’t, it’s time for a change.
Changing jobs, industries or sectors can be a bit of a tricky experience if you don’t know where to start. But, as with every challenge you’re faced with on your journey to career success, we’re here to help.
Firstly, you need to have a good hard think about why you want to make a change in your career, and when you want to do it. You should also have some idea of where you want to be in a few years time.
Many people change careers to learn new skills, gain new prospects, or make a bit more money, but you might also want to work in an area that gives you more job satisfaction, such as a charity. Whatever your reasons, have them clear in your mind to keep you motivated.
Move when the time is right
Whether you’re changing direction or simply moving up the career ladder, you need to time it right. If you’ve worked hard all year, you don’t want to be waving your employer goodbye just before that big juicy bonus is paid.
Know where you’re going
It’s never a good idea to hand in your notice before you have somewhere to go. You’ll give yourself bags of unnecessary pressure, and the thought of having to find something quick-sharp to pay the bills could mean that you settle for the wrong role altogether.
Don’t leave for money alone
If the prospect of more money is your main reason for wanting a change, pluck up the courage to ask your current employer for a pay rise. Even if they say no, you won’t have lost anything so it’s always worth a try.
Find a career that suits you
It’s so easy to fall into a job that you’d never planned on, especially after school, college or university. Sometimes, it leads on to bigger and better things; but if you’re not in a career that suits you, it’s never too late to change direction. Think about your work values and preferences, and find a job that allows you to put your best skills to use.
Believe in yourself
Once you know where you want to go, have the confidence to see it through. Take every opportunity to network with people in the industry that you’re interested in, and do as much research as you can so that you really know how to talk the talk. You’ll be an extremely attractive prospect if you’re motivated, informed and understand what you have to offer.
Transfer your skills
If you’re starting out in a new industry, or doing a different job altogether, you need to focus on your transferable skills. And you can bet your bottom dollar that you will have gained far more than you realise.
Skills such as IT literacy, numeracy, problem-solving, research and analysis, foreign languages, time keeping, organisation, communication, and presentation skills are valued by any employer, so be sure to emphasise these.
Decide where you want to go
When trying to decide where you want to move to, there’s a lot to think about. If a change in location is on the cards, it’s important to consider whether you want to work in the city or the country, how close you want to be to family and friends, and even whether you’re willing to leave the UK altogether.
We’ve helped countless candidates to change their careers, so if you’re still feeling a little unsure about what to do next, get in touch for some personal advice.