According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development we spend, on average, 36.5 hours each week in the workplace.
As such, it makes sense that we ensure this time is as positive and enjoyable as possible. Yes, there can be occasional tribulations and stresses in any role, but overall, many people aspire to having a job that they enjoy and look forward to undertaking every Monday morning.
If our expectations regarding quality of life, future prospects or remuneration don’t match the realities of our current careers though, we’re faced with a stark choice. We can either continue in our current roles, riding them out until retirement, or change them, taking a new route that, while scary, makes us happier in the long run.
If you want to change your career though, what should you bear in mind? What sorts of steps should you take?
Think about your current situation
If you’re unhappy with your current career, you need to carefully think about why your current role is causing you to feel down. If, for instance, your problems stem from bubbling discontent between you and your superiors or surroundings, changing positions or companies could be the answer to your negative feelings.
On the other hand, if the sheer nature or the future prospects of your work don’t match with what you’d like to achieve in life or what you’d like to spend your days focusing on, then a change in career could be the shot in the arm you need. Be aware though: if you feel your job is lacking something, this aspect of life could be found outside of work – hobbies or charity work, for instance.
What would you like to do?
Think about your aspirations, passions and what you like and dislike when it comes down to the day-to-day. Then think about your current strengths and weaknesses, and contemplate how both these and your career wants could gel together. You can then use these conclusions to research roles you might be interested in.
Now you need to work on making yourself marketable and ready for the role(s) you want to apply for. Taking into account your research, begin to draft a list of skills and qualifications you’ll need to develop and acquire before you begin applying for roles.
If you need to retrain, then start looking for courses using UCAS. Here you’ll be able to get all of the information you need about A-levels, undergraduate, postgraduate, and teacher training courses.
In some cases – entry-level positions in particular – you could skip this step entirely, getting in contact with the companies or organisations you’d like to work for. Here you can ask whether you can drop in and get a feel for the job, or enquire as to whether they run any entry-level programs that could allow you to train while on the job.
The goal here is to wow the relevant individuals, showing them your drive and determination – you’d be surprised just how far an ultra-positive attitude will get you.
Hit the ground running
Changing career is an insecure and at times frightening process, but with enough planning and drive, you can craft the career, and indeed life, that you desire and deserve. If you need more information about changing careers, contact the National Careers Service or click here to access GSM London’s free career change e-book.