Changing careers: 30 steps for success

There are many reasons why you may be considering changing your career in 2015.

Perhaps a promotion you were counting on has fallen through, or you’ve just had children and want to return to the workforce on a new path. Maybe you simply want the opportunity to earn a better salary.

Whatever the reason – it’s important to remember that it’s never too late to change careers.

In fact, today’s workforce changes careers several times throughout their working life.

If you are contemplating a career change in 2015, then here are 30 essential steps to take to help get you on your way:

Make the decision

Admitting to yourself that you need a change is one of the first steps you need to take. Key signs that you are in need of a career change include:

  • Constant lack of motivation at work
  • Boredom
  • Frequently feeling tired and worn out
  • Feeling that the skills and responsibilities you undertake everyday ‘just aren’t me’ 

Once you have accepted that it’s time to make a change, you can focus your efforts on putting together a plan of action to tackle the change head on. Creating a career change plan will really help you to be certain that the direction you are moving in is the right one for you.

Focus on you

One of the most important tasks to undertake when changing career is some personal reflection. It’s important to be sure that it’s the career and job you want to move away from – not just your place of work.

Here are some top tips for carrying out you own career self-evaluation:

  • Undertake a personal SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats)
  • Remember to consider the personal aspects of your life that are important to you, such as family, finances and leisure time
  • Evaluate your current skill set and consider what transferrable experience and knowledge you possess 

Put together a Career Map 

Climbing the ladder to your dream career will most likely require some forethought and personal commitment. So to help you keep on track, think about creating a career strategy. This can help you chart any additional learning and development you may need to undertake to help ensure you succeed. 

When creating your strategy, here are some things to consider:

  • Do you need to retrain or gain new qualifications to help you in your new career?
  • What opportunities do you have to network with people in your new industry?
  • Do you know anyone who works in the industry you’re considering that you could ask to shadow at work? 

Put your best foot forward

With some extra training under your belt, you'll arm yourself with all the right ingredients for a successful career change. And if you're not feeling ready to commit to a full-length qualification? Test the waters with a short course, and make sure your perceptions align with the reality of the industry.

Revamp your resume to highlight all your transferrable skills and experience – and don’t forget to emphasize your new career objective clearly in your covering letter and resume.

If you have undertaken any training or gained new qualifications then make sure to add them to your resume, this helps to demonstrate your personal commitment to your new career choice for any new employer.

Changing careers for anyone, at any age, is a big decision, so take the time to think through your decisions properly, and if and when you feel ready – go for it! 

Have you managed a successful career change in your 30s and beyond? Let us know about it below!

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