March 25, 2019

How to make a successful career change

There are plenty of reasons you why might decide to change career. You might have fallen into your current role and lack the passion to continue doing it for another 20 years or you might have had a big life change which is prompting you to do something new. Maybe you want greater flexibility, better leadership or simply just a new challenge.

Whatever the impetus behind a career change, if you’re going to make the leap and do something completely different you want to make sure you do it in the right way, so it becomes a success rather than a huge mistake you end up regretting.

However, if you plan your career change and get the right qualifications behind you, then it can be one of the best things you’ve ever done and you could have a career you really love.

Is your current job leading you nowhere?

You should take a good hard look at your current job because it may be it’s a job with no major prospects or a job in which you can’t progress because you don’t have the necessary qualifications. Gaining some extra qualifications could be exactly what you need to give your existing career a much-needed boost to the next level or it could be the start of an entirely new career. There are plenty of business courses at GSM London which can be highly beneficial when you apply for more senior positions.

If you decide you really want to have a career change, then it’s time to assess your skill set.

Assess yourself

You need to look at your skills, interests, strengths, personality and qualifications. You can either do this yourself using online self-assessment tools or you can go to a careers counsellor. It’s important though to look at where your strengths lie. For example, it’s no good hankering after a career as a singer if you’re tone deaf and have never sung a note in tune in your life!

Once you know your skills and strengths you can start to see how they match up to career paths you’re interested in.

Explore occupations that interest you 

You need to draw up a list of potential careers that are of interest. The list is likely to be quite lengthy to start with and eventually you’ll need to narrow it down to four or five that might fit.

Once you’ve done that ask yourself what qualifications you need. Do you have the right skills to be able to apply straight away for roles or will you need to undertake further study? What are the options for further study and can you afford to leave your job and go back to college for a period of time before you start working again? How will you cope with studying if you haven’t been in college for many years? Will you have family support around you and how will you deal with other commitments such as childcare, parent care etc? 

Finding the right course for the qualifications you need

Once you’ve settled on the career path you want to follow you need to find a course that offers the qualifications you need and fits with other life commitments. The organisation also has foundation programmes if you don’t have the right qualifications to get straight onto a degree programme.

Making the leap

Once you’ve decided you want a new career, it’s time to plan everything out and make the arrangements for study if necessary. This can be a daunting thing to do because it is a step into the unknown, but if you have planned and researched your choice, it should run smoothly. A degree could be the start of a whole different and exciting life for you.

We would like to hear from you if you’re interested in changing your career. You can call us on 020 3797 4687 or you can find out more here.

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