Steps to find a new career

If you went back to work after the festive season with a sinking heart that was more than the usual come down after a holiday then it could be the time to consider changing your job. Milly Serpell from Stepping Stones recruitment consultancy says “If you wake up in the morning and you realise there is more that you dislike than like then that is usually an indication you need to start considering a change.”

Once you have decided you definitely want to do something else then the next step is deciding what you want to do and how you can make it happen. If you do not have any idea what you want to do, do not worry you are not alone. Serpell says there are lots of people who know they are dissatisfied but not actually what they want to do .

Serpell says you can usually draw people by asking them questions such as identifying the things they like about their current jobs, hobbies, school subjects they liked and skills they have that might help them decide the area of work they want to focus on.

The next step Serpell says is research, research, research. “A lot of jobs on this island have titles that might not tell a lot so you need to talk to people to find out what they actually do.”

Network as much as you can, talk to family, friends and associates. Find out as much as you can from other people about what they do. Talk to professionals in the area you are interested in to find out what it actually entails to do the job from day to day,that can help you decide whether it is something you could do long term.

Once you have identified what you want to do you need to start getting the relevant qualifications. Serpell says “go and get the relevant courses. I meet people who are in hospitality for instance and want to move to say, being a para legal secretary, you will then need to find out what courses will help you achieve your goal.” Taking the initiative in this way shows future employers that you have made a commitment so they will be far more willing to employ you and then hopefully give further training.

Another way to show commitment is by trying to gain experience in the job you want. Obviously this is not going to be practical with all jobs, but some you can. One way to do this is by doing voluntary work or offering your services voluntarily. For instance you might want to be a photographer so you could offer to help a help a professional photographer in your spare time, you want to be an accountant you can gain experience by doing the accounts for a local charity. Again this shows a prospective employer that you are showing commitment by giving of your time to pursue your chosen career.

When you change your career you need to weigh up and balance your commitments so that you know when you can actually make the move as sometimes changing career can mean a salary reduction and loss of benefits. That does not mean you can not do it, but make sure that you have factored this into your considerations.

Serpell says also to remember that you do not have to necessarily change employers – in bigger companies you might be able to change to a different department within the company.

And lastly the most important bit of advise is never ever give up you current job until you have got the next one. Serpell says “it’s much easier to get a job when you are already in one than if you have been out of work or left – it raises questions in a future employer’s mind.”