Jobs in the UK recently hit a record high following the end of furlough. So whether you’re out of work or at a crossroads in your life, a career change might be on the cards. And while a career change can bring with it all sorts of scary emotions – fear of the unknown, self doubt, imposter syndrome – it can also be an exciting time for growth and transformation.
Check out our top tips for navigating a career change, whatever stage of your career you might be in.
1.Weigh up all your options
When navigating a career change, the world is your oyster. There are so many opportunities out there for you to consider. Whilst it can be somewhat overwhelming at first, make sure you’re weighing up all your options. Taking small actions on a daily basis is a great way to get the ball rolling and start really looking at all the options available to you. Don’t jump into anything straightaway without having looked at all possibilities. By weighing up all the options, you might be surprised at the potential paths in front of you.
2. Establish your priorities
Why do you want to change careers? Is it because you’re unhappy in your existing one? Is it because your previous job didn’t quite work out? Is it because you want a better work-life balance? Better perks? Better pay? Better job satisfaction?
Whatever your reasons for seeking a career change, get clear on them. If lack of flexibility in your previous career was bringing you unhappiness, searching for jobs with little room for movement isn’t a good idea. Establish your priorities when it comes to what you’re looking for in your new career, and ensure you’re keeping them at the forefront of your mind throughout your search.
3. Do your research
Changing careers can be a daunting prospect, especially if you’ve been in your current career for a long period of time. Before making any drastic changes, do your research. Then do some more research. And some more.
Find out everything you need to know about potential new careers and potential paths to take. The more you know, the more informed decisions you can make.
4. Put yourself out there
Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there! Seek out exciting opportunities, try new things, network with people you’ve never networked with before, say yes to stuff that comes your way that feels aligned, do things differently. You never know where it might take you.
5. Be realistic
While dreaming big and going with the flow are nice ideas, it is equally important to be realistic. When changing careers, make sure you consider the logistics of your decisions. Can you support yourself financially? How will it impact your mental health? What other areas of life do you need to consider? Ensure that you have the necessary means in place to successfully navigate your career change, so that you’re in the best place for it – mentally, physically and spiritually.