Changing careers – we have you covered!

Here are a few ideas if you are thinking of changing careers. Having done this myself from nursing to recruitment 11 years ago, I understand the barriers and self-doubt that comes with moving! Don’t listen to the noise what’s the worst that can happen!

1. Create a strategy! Breaking the process into manageable tasks can make it feel less overwhelming. Look financially if you are able to afford to make the change (this wasn’t a big problem with my nursing salary)🙂

2. Seek mentorship and help! Connect with professionals who have successfully transitioned into your desired field. Their advice can help you avoid common pitfalls and gain a realistic understanding of what to expect in your new career. A mentor saves you time! Trust me!

3. Look at your transferable skills! Identify the skills and experiences from your current job that can be transferred to your new field. Even if the industries are different, many skills such as problem-solving, teamwork, and communication are universally valuable. Highlight these transferable skills in your applications and during interviews to show your adaptability and versatility. I had worked under pressure, prioritised and had good listening skills from nursing (very transferable)!

4. Practical experience! Look for opportunities to gain hands-on experience in your new field. This can include internships, volunteering, freelancing, or taking on side projects. Practical experience not only enhances your CV but also allows you to test the waters and validate your interest in the new career. (Look at the bigger picture you might have to take a step back to get where you want to go but it’s worth it)!

5. Consider additional courses or training pathways! Depending on the career change you are pursuing, acquiring additional certifications might be necessary.

6. Embrace continuous learning! Careers are constantly evolving, and staying competitive requires ongoing learning. Make a habit of staying informed about industry trends, new technologies, and best practices. This demonstrates your commitment to growth and can help you stand out during the transition.

7. Be resilient and adaptable! Changing careers can be a challenging process, and full of setbacks! Stay resilient, maintain a positive mindset, and embrace the opportunity to learn from failures. Adaptability and a willingness to embrace change will serve you well as you navigate your new career path. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

Moving careers takes time and patience, once you commit to it see it through, it took me 8 interviews with the same company before I got my first job offer in recruitment. I’d always get to the final two and lose to the person who had sales experience. Luckily my boss at the time took a chance on me and with his great management and mentoring I was able to be successful in my field.

 

Read more here – Fiona Cameron

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