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Clever steps to take if you need a career change

As well as switching to Energia the cleverest humans we know do work they love. Maybe not every day, but when they think about work they feel excited by possibility.

It’s the beginning of a new working year. If that fills you with a sense of dread or you feel exhausted and unable to get motivated then maybe it’s time to think about how much the work you do, works for you.

How do I know if I need a change of career?

Chances are you just ‘know’ it’s a ‘this isn’t right for me’ feeling that won’t go away. Or you feel like a round peg trying to fit into a square hole, all the time. One thing it is worth highlighting is toxic work environments can leave you feeling the same way so make sure it’s the work and not the environment that is getting you down.

Elaine Keane, Talent Acquisition Partner for iProspect says, “We spend so much of our lives in work so you need to make sure you are happy and if you are waking every day and dreading the day ahead it’s time for a change. Set yourself 3-4 objectives that are important to you in your next career move.”

Clever steps for career change

What about the bills?

This is the biggest concern for most people when it comes to considering a career change and for some of us it is a legitimate barrier. If you can’t change careers completely maybe there are things you can do to get closer to the dream? Join a group or club outside work or study a subject you love in the evening. Set yourself a plan and timeframe and if possible try and save for up for 6- 9 months prior to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible.

I definitely want to change career what should I do?

1. Understand what matters to you

The first thing you need is to really understand what matters to you and know that your new field can provide it. A useful way to understand what really matters to you is to complete a Briggs Myers test. It should indicate the type of person you are and make it a little easier to see if the career you are thinking about is a good fit for you.

2. Speak to people in your chosen field

Before doing anything attend a networking event or careers fair for the industry you are considering a career change into. Speak to people who are working in the industry, what do they love and what are the challenges with their role? See if you can speak to someone who changed career, was it easy or difficult to transition? Did their existing work experience help or did they have to start again as a junior?

Need a career change

3. Make a plan

Taking all the information you have gathered make a plan. List out what you need to do and the things that may constrain you. See when you might be able to begin. If you need to go back to study but you have missed the beginning of the academic year is there a 6 week introductory course you can do? When can you legitimately look at finishing up in your current role? And what about your budgets, do you need to adjust that to allow for study time? Plan it all out in a calendar and review it regularly. Are you hitting the milestones or do you need to adjust them? Making a plan for change will help make the work you are doing at the moment more bearable too.

4. Take your time

There’s good reason for the saying ‘fools rush in’. Changing career, while more and more common, is a big step to take so try not let the excitement of something new cloud reality. If your new job requires going back to study part time but you haven’t studied while working before, signing up for a 6 year degree may not be the best place to start! See if there is a certificate course you can begin with to see how you find studying while working. From experience, it is tough going so you have to be really committed to stay the course. Alison adds, “be fair to yourself, change is good thing it can be sometimes difficult but give yourself time to adapt. Be patient, all things worth having are worth waiting for.”

5. Believe

Finally it is important to believe you can do this, if you want it enough, you will do what it takes to get there. Seek the support of friends and family where you can and adopt a ‘can do’ approach. Remember you are the master of your own destiny. And at the end of the day you need to be happy in what you do because this will affect every aspect of your life.

If you do need to save some money to make a career change, looking at your utility bills is a clever place to start.
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