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What are the tips for a change of career

There are a variety of reasons why you may want to change career. Financial situation, low job satisfaction or redundancy are some of the reasons, but it can sometimes be a little bewildering to know how to instigate a career change. This article will offer some practical tips and advice if you are considering a change of career.

Where to start

If you are thinking about changing your career, you may need to obtain some new skills, or undertake some open learning in order to successfully change jobs. You need to firstly have an idea of the kind of industry that you would like to work in. Whether you want to train as an electrician, or find out how to be a plumber, you will need to undertake some thorough research beforehand. If, however, you are not sure about the direction that you would like to go in, then, there are some very good self-assessment tools on the Internet which can identify the jobs that you are best suited to. You can obtain these results by completing a questionnaire, and possible career choices will be displayed upon completion. Websites and careers advice Once you are focused upon a particular career, you will need to undertake some further research to ascertain whether you are required to undertake any training, and who the primary employers are. This information can be obtained through an Internet search. Websites such as Prospects or Learn Direct have some very good job profiles or job descriptions to browse through. Creative Pool is another useful website to research on the different occupations. Careers advice can be sought from careers advisers within a local educational establishment if you attend one, or through your local job centre or employment agency.

Self-employment

If you have been working in a trade or industry for a long time, and have substantial knowledge, experience and skills, then self-employment may be an option. There is again a great deal of advice and information available on the Internet to assist you with finding a career in self-employment, and setting up your own business. Business Link and local enterprise zones will have the best people to speak to, if you are considering self-employment.

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