There are numerous reasons why people may want to retrain for a new career. For some, circumstances such as redundancy push them into thinking about another career path, so it can be out of necessity. For others, they may want to change their career to try something new, perhaps something they’ve always dreamed of doing.
Why do you want to change careers?
If you are thinking about retraining, consider why you want to change careers. Is there something that you’re desperate to do? Do you want a career with a higher earning potential? Perhaps you’re just bored and want to get stuck into something new and exciting and achieve greater job satisfaction. List all the things you want in a career and really think about why you want to change things. Be honest with yourself – is this just something you’re feeling right now after a bad day or have you been thinking about this for a while?
If you’re not sure what you’d like to do but you know you want a change, think about the things you enjoy and what you’re naturally good at. Have a bit of fun – take a quiz and see what it comes out with, you could find some inspiration!
Make a list of the skills you have, both from work and life experiences, and think about the ones you could transfer into other professions. You can then use these examples when applying for jobs. Look at the job descriptions of roles you want and think about examples from your life and work that showcase these skills.
You may feel like you’re having to start all over again when changing careers and have to start again at the bottom. However, you could enter a sector at a certain level if you showcase your capabilities well enough.
If you’re looking to enter a competitive industry, you may need to think about upskilling and doing a course to make your skills more relevant to that particular job.
Depending on what career you want to enter, you may have to study further in order to acquire the skills needed for that profession. You could consider studying part-time or online alongside working in your current role, in order to make the gradual transition to your new career.
Check out a careers site for information on entry routes into different careers. Speak with a careers advisor and industry professionals to gain a true insight into how you can enter your chosen profession.
Whether you’re in your 20s or 50s, you can make the switch to a new career. Have you switched careers? Feel free to share your experiences below.