Day Jobs, Detour and Direction: Advice for Changing Careers

087894a15dbf45869b908297913d4669There are many of us who would probably admit to having a strong desire to experience a real change of direction in their career and take on a new challenge.

It is easy for the years to pass and the pay cheque to keep rolling in, and then suddenly realise that you don’t actually get excited about going to work anymore and you are basically operating on auto-pilot.

Sometimes you are forced into making a change because you are made redundant or perhaps you might suffer an injury and claim some compensation through someone like Claims Direct, which allows you the opportunity to make new plans for your working life.

You can find out more about that subject on their website, but whatever the circumstances or simply because you want to take your career in a new direction, here are some pointers to consider when looking at changing your career, at any age.

Job satisfaction

One of the first things to do is evaluate your current employment role and decide how satisfied you really are with your present career.

Take a moment to think about your career achievements to date and consider whether you have managed to enjoy the challenges you have faced so far in your work and whether your promotions and current status reflect the level of talent and expertise you have to offer.

Money is not the only route to achieving job satisfaction but earning a salary that is more commensurate with your talents and being able to command a salary that allows you to live the way you want to, can certainly be key motivators for considering a change of direction or career.

Work-life balance

Some people take a look at their current job and consider a change mainly because they want to be able to achieve a much better work-life balance.

It is actually worth considering the possibility that a change of job isn’t always absolutely necessary to achieve this particular aim.

Technology has made it much easier for people to carry out some or all of their work duties at home and there is also the chance that you may be entitled to ask your current employer to consider flexible working.

Although they may be entitled to refuse your request if there is a sound business reason to do so, it is definitely worth exploring the possibility of changing the terms and environment of your existing job so that you can achieve a better work-life balance, without even having to switch jobs if your current employer is receptive to the changes.

Playing to your strengths

The National Careers Service offers a skills health check on their website, and this can be a useful tool to help you see what strengths and weaknesses you currently have when it comes to skills and experience.

Being able to evaluate what you currently have and what skills that you need to acquire to pursue a new career path will help you take a more defined and positive approach to your options and help you understand how to execute your chosen career move.

Changing careers is often a daunting prospect but if you plan properly and have a realistic view on what you can achieve and how long it will take to do so, it can certainly give your career a welcome boost.

Ann Thomas has many years experience within an HR environment. She always enjoys the opportunity to share her insights with an online audience. You can find her posts on a number of industry and B2B websites.

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