Got post-holiday blues? Take control and change career
As workers return from their summer holidays and children get ready to go back to school, a new survey shows a significant number of employees wish they had pursued early dreams of becoming doctors, vets, surgeons, pop stars, footballers and actors.
The study by Monster shows four in 10 workers are unhappy in their current jobs. But it is not too late to change careers, the recruitment site’s survey shows. Here are Monster’s top tips for regaining control of your career:
First of all, think about what you do and don’t enjoy about your present job and what you feel is missing. Think carefully about your strengths and weaknesses and even do a personality assessment if possible. You may find out something surprising about yourself or a career path you hadn’t previously considered.
Once you’ve completed some serious soul searching and got clear answers to those tough questions, be realistic about the options open to you. Going to university full-time or retraining simply might not be possible if for example you are a single mother or have large mortgage payments.
Consider whether your ideal role is in the same industry you already have experience in. It is far easier to change jobs within the same sector and you may just need to find a more exciting company to work for, or you may be able to move to a different role in the same company.
Another important factor to consider is the amount of progression that a certain job or career path allows. Aiming for a job that will satisfy your needs now may be good for the short-term, but what about in five years’ time when you need to earn more money?
Once you’ve identified where you want to go, get on with it. Research the latest developments in your chosen industry, network as widely as you can at industry events and talk to people who do the job you want to do.
It is very important to tailor your CV for the new career you’re after. Look at the different skills you have acquired over the years - many of them may be useful in another industry. Transferable skills, such as presentation skills, foreign languages and leadership are often overlooked by career changers but are desired by almost every employer.
Make the most of your contacts. If you are lacking experience in your chosen sector then asking friends, family or ex-colleagues for advice, work experience or a foot in the door can be invaluable. Also make the most of your social networks online, which can be invaluable in expanding your contact base. Monster has just launched BeKnown, a professional networking app for Facebook, which allows you to create professional networks on the most popular social platform while also keeping your personal and work contacts separate - this could open up a whole new world of opportunities that you didn’t know existed.
Finally, don’t give up! It won’t necessarily be easy to change career but persevere. Unless time-travel is invented, you won’t get a second chance, so make sure you act now to create the life you want for yourself.