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What should you consider when planning a complete change in your career?

Published on Saturday, 14 Nov 2015

If you’re feeling like your current career path has run its course – either because you’ve lost the passion or you’re unsatisfied with future opportunities – you might be thinking about making a move. Before taking the leap and changing to a totally new career, there are a few things you should consider.

Changing your career path will not happen overnight. It’s worth investing time to really reflect on what kind of work and tasks you enjoy. You should consider what your long-term career objectives are. Set yourself a realistic goal and plot what steps you need to take to reach it.

Choosing an industry or profession that enthuses you and that will provide you with newfound optimism is exciting, but you should ensure that you at least have the basic requirements to build a career in this new field.

Think about what your transferable skills are. Do you have contacts to build a network in this new space or know people you could approach to help with your job search?

 It also pays to research the industry or profession to find out if you require any further qualifications or skills training.

You’ll also need to be prepared to promote yourself as an entrant to this new area, so rewrite your CV in a way that promotes your relevant skills and experience, and demonstrates your willingness and passion to enter this new field. 

Making a career change can be a daunting experience but if you take the time to make informed decisions, you’ll have a better chance of making the right move, which in turn can transform your life. 


This article appeared in the Classified Post print edition as Reboot your career.

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