If you take some time to think back to your youth when you were at school, you will see that during this time you are in a position to make some big decisions about your life. You have the chance to study for a particular career path. You choose your options and subject choices, and you decide whether or not to go into higher education. We make these decisions between the ages of 14 and 18. Are we really in the right frame of mind to know what we want to do for the majority of our lives at that age?
Some people know exactly what they want to do. They may want to be a doctor or a nurse. They may want to fly planes or defend their country. Some people know what they want and some people don’t. Which often means that they tend to fall into a career to get by while they decide what they want to do. This job that was supposed to be temporary becomes permanent. Are you now in that position? In a job that you hate and are just doing it for the wage?
Life is too short to live to work and really you should be working to live. So maybe now is the time get serious about that career change you have always wanted to make. But where do you start? I wanted to share with you some of the things to consider and the things you can do to make this dream become your reality. You don’t have to put up with something you no longer want to do, but you do need the courage to make it happen.
Think about what you want to do
One of the first things you need to do is invest in some time to think about what you want to do with your life. What are you interested in? What puts a fire in your belly? What makes you feel good? These are the questions to ask yourself. Maybe you have realized that you know what you want to do, but you just don’t know how to do it. Maybe you know the career path you want to take. It is so important to really consider your choices and your options, as this allows you to make better decisions about how you are going to make it happen for the future.
Start to work on your resume
Once you know what you want to do, now the fun can begin to help make it a reality. The biggest place to start would be your resume. Now would be the ideal time to start thinking about making some changes to it. When was the last time it was updated? Do you have all of your skills and experience on there? Take time to really work on your resume and do some research on the best layout and creating the best first impression you can. If you know what you want to do, you can tailor your experience and skills to match the job you want. Don’t be afraid to be specific. There are plenty of tips online that can help you create the ideal document.
Why not study and change career direction?
Is it time to start thinking about what skills you actually have? When people have dreams of changing their careers or the jobs they have, they sometimes need to have new qualifications or skills in place in order to even be looked at for an interview. To take things seriously, you may need to consider that you might have to start studying in your spare time. If you look here you will see that there are many online courses that you can take that will help you achieve what you want to. You might also want to take the time to think about having a career break and going back to study full time. This may be a tough time, but it could help you get to where you want to be faster.
Seek out great opportunities
You don’t get anything in life sometimes if you don’t seek it out yourself, and job opportunities can be the same. Many companies don’t advertise certain roles, or they have a list of potential applicants already there waiting. You need to be one of the applicants. Spend time looking into the potential employers that are out there, and use the time to contact them directly. Emailing over your resume and asking to be made aware of opportunities shows initiative, and could enable you to get a food in the door sooner rather than later. It could be one of the best things that you do.
Networking is a great idea
The chances are, if you are looking to change your career the industry or sector it is in will have some sort of national conference or expo you can attend. This is the perfect time to network and get yourself in front of potential new employers. It will not only give you the chance to make some new connections and contacts, but you could gain some valuable knowledge in the process. It is definitely worth the investment of a ticket price.
Could you start your own business?
Maybe the career change you want doesn’t involve a new employer. Maybe you actually want the chance to work for yourself. Many people have the dream of becoming their own boss one day. You may actually like the job that you do, and the change is simply to cut out the middleman and to work for yourself. Starting your own business can be quite daunting, so you may want to spend some time saving up so that you can feel secure when losing that consistent wage and job security. There are many articles online that give you some great tips to help you get started. A lot of people even start them in their own time and build them up that way.
Working for yourself as a freelancer could be an option?
If starting a business is a step too far then why not go freelance instead? This gives you the chance to have all of the benefits of working for yourself in terms of profits and working hours, without the worry of building a business and employing people etc. It can be the ideal middle ground and many people turn to the freelance working life to strike the home and work life balance better. It gives you the chance or choose your own hours while still doing something that you are good at. Freelancing can be hard at first, so like starting a business, it may be worth doing it in your spare time first or saving what you can as a buffer when it comes to your wages.
Think about making a decent first impression
Heading back to the career change and getting a job, once you have done all of the prep work and you have gained an interview, you need to start focusing on your physical first impression that you can make. This is everything from the way you sound to the way you look. In terms of the way you look, you don’t need to spend money on flashy new suits and clothing, it is more to do with a professional look and personal hygiene. Taking care of yourself and looking presentable. Also think about the language you use and how you sound. Don’t put on an act, just present yourself fin the best possible way.
Can you impress at the interview
Getting to the interview stage will make you feel nervous, no matter how confident you are. Especially if this is a job that you really want. Take the time to really focus on your interview skills. Shake hands, appear professional and approachable. It can be the small things that get noticed the most. Turning up early for an interview. Looking prepared and at ease. Compliments and having knowledge of the company beforehand. This shows initiative and that you are being proactive. Interviews are not easy, but if you are confident in your skills and ability, then you are bound to shine.
Practice obvious interview questions
Finally, every interview will have similar questions. Mostly they are about yourself. So in advance take the time to practice your answers. Questions can include why you want the job? Why are you leaving your current position? What is it you want from your future? Where do you see yourself in one/five/ten years? Take some time to really consider your answers. You don’t want it to sound scripted, you want it sound natural and relevant to the current opportunity, but you also don’t want to go with what just comes into your head at the time. Nerves can take over. Even things like knowledge on the company could be asked, so as much preparation you can do in advance will help you at the interview.
I hope that this has given you some knowledge and also motivation to make that career change you want.