Thinking of Changing Career? How to Prepare and Retrain

Thinking of Changing Career? How to Prepare and Retrain
Monday, July 29, 2019

If you’re feeling dissatisfied in your current role and have lost enjoyment for your work, then it might be time for a change. Maybe it's not just a change of job, but a complete change of career which appeals to you. Leaving your job in pursuit of a new career might seem daunting and like a huge risk, but you can ease your fears by ensuring you properly plan and prepare.

It starts with preparation, and then the retraining begins. Retraining is defined as when people refresh, revisit, or develop their skills through continuous learning and training programs. If you’re interested in a completely new career, then the likelihood is that you will need to complete some retraining on some level. Anyone is capable of retraining, which will enhance skill sets, create more job opportunities, and improve overall job satisfaction. Are you prepared to retrain and start from the bottom for your new career?

  • Ask Yourself Why

What is the reason for your desire for a new career? Is your current job not motivating you? Is there too much stress? Understanding your needs will help you focus on what you want in your next career.

  • Figure Out Your Ideal Job

Write down what your dream career is - what do you want to do? What are you interested in? What skills do you want to use at work? Once you have a clear picture of your dream job you’ll have greater clarity in knowing what career you want to pursue.

  • Understand the Requirements of Your New Career

Do your homework. You need a clear insight into what skills and requirements your new job will demand. Conduct some research and find out what you may need to do in order to get your application considered by employers. We recommend focusing on one specific job so you can clearly research what training or qualifications you'll need.

  • Update Your CV

After you’ve got a good understanding of your new career, you need to find out how you meet the criteria and can demonstrate your value to those in the industry. Tailor your CV to suit your desired industry and highlight the key competencies that will make you an attractive employee.

  • Make Sure Your Retraining Is Feasible

You may have family or even financial factors to consider, however, if you're looking to retrain you need to make sure that you can find the time and resources to successfully complete the training you’ll need.

  • Train for Your New Career

Once you know what you need, start to train for your new career. There are plenty of resources to start when retraining from everything from; online courses, evening classes, internships, apprenticeships, and work experience. Research what would be best for you and make that first step and apply!

  • Don't Do It Alone

Take advantage of the help of others. Connect with industry experts, seek the advice of professionals in the industry, and even get in contact with a  local recruitment agency. The more support you have, the better.

It’s never too late and you're never too old to change your career and pursue your true passion. Sometimes you just have to act and make that first step to make change happen. If you're enthusiastic and willing to learn then there's no reason you couldn't excel in a brand new career. If you need some help or expert advice for your career search, get in touch with us today.