October 23, 2018

Finding the right career

Choosing a career that will work for you isn’t the easiest of tasks. While your wish to change careers may be rooted in a strong desire to change your life for the better, simply feeling that you need a change doesn’t answer the main question – what will you actually do?

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The first step

If you’ve decided that your current line of work isn’t adding up, you need to begin thinking about what you’d like to do. This can be a rather disconcerting task – you’ve likely spent years in your current role, after all – but be sure to stay positive: the endpoint of this big decision will almost certainly spell happiness and fulfilment.
You don’t necessarily need to have a pinned-down idea of the exact role you’d like to do. Instead, mull over questions such as who you’d like to work with, how active you’d like to be, or what sort of surroundings you’d like to work in, for instance. Try and work out the nature of your future employment and this should give you an idea of the sorts of roles you’d like to look into.

Research a role

If you think you have an idea of how you’d like your future career to look but aren’t too sure what specific career options this translates to, then begin researching. You could use resources such as the National Careers Service’s bank of job profiles to learn more about what specific roles entail, including common tasks, income levels and entry requirements, or contact workers in that particular industry directly.
With this kind of insight, you should be able to get an informed idea of the employment options that suit your desires, and the particular steps you need to take in order to ascend to the career you crave.

Retrain with a foundation course

For most people, a change in career means a need to retrain, but what options are available when it comes down to studying? For people who already have similar skills and qualifications to the ones they’ll need for their future career, part-time college courses and trade-specific training can suffice, but for those for whom the distance between current and prospective careers is greatest, a foundation course could be a better option.

Learning from the outset

These courses, usually studied as part of a three or four-year course, give students a chance to learn the skills that they will need for the more advanced later years of the course, without having to study any of the prior qualifications needed for an honours degree.
Foundation courses give students a great route to the career of their dreams, while allowing them to train in a more mature setting, on the equipment they will use in later years, often with classmates who will stay with them for the duration of the course.

Foundations for all

For individuals who haven’t experienced academic teaching in a long time, foundation degrees are an excellent choice. Entry requirements – especially for mature students – are usually less stringent than for under-21s, and many are actively geared towards career-changers. In some cases, tuition fees can also be lower than usual as well.
What’s more, students will often be able to change their chosen post-foundation course or the institution they are enrolled at, after completing the year of study, meaning complete flexibility.
If you want to change your career, you need to be sure of which steps you must take and how you must work towards your goal. Thankfully though, there are all sorts of educational options open to you, giving you space to think and progress towards the career of your dreams.

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