People changing their career or frequently changing job roles was once frowned upon and raised an alert to prospective employers. Thankfully, this is not the case any more. More and more people now change their careers quite a few times and on average can make twelve to fifteen job changes, according to the Department of Labour Statistics.
It is now the case that when a prospective employer is faced with an applicant with many job changes under his/her belt, they see this as a positive: it shows the ability to be flexible and adapt in the workplace. This is actually highly sought after now. If you are wondering whether to take a mid-career move, it may work in your favour to do so. Here are some tips if you are currently facing this decision.
What are the options for career change?
Have a good think about where you want to be, what you would like to do. There are many important factors to consider with this type of life change including salary and benefits. These should not be the only reason for your move, you should strive to find a career that will provide you emotional benefits as well as tangible ones. It is commonly known that people who hate their jobs are increasingly prone to stress-related illnesses and are generally not as healthy as they could be with a job they love. Research your chosen career well - learn it inside out so you are clued up on the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities required.
What is your current position?
Where are you at the moment? Do you feel as though you are stuck in a rut, not moving anywhere very fast? Take a good look at your current position, personally as well as career-wise. It may be that a career switch is just the thing you are looking for. There is not point wasting time stuck in a job where your existing skills are not being pushed or where you feel as though you have reached a dead-end. A new career may be right up your street.
What skills can you bring to the table?
Look at your transferable skills. These are skills that you can bring from a previous job to adapt to a new one. You will most likely be asked about these in interviews, so make sure you can readily identify them.
Which education moves do you need to make?
Whichever career you opt for, there will most likely be training needed. With the growth of the internet, there is a wealth of online educational courses to choose from. These are easily accessible, and can be done at your own pace, in the comfort of your own living room. If you are not a fan of online, however, you can also look into schools or universities that offer part-time courses. There is bound to be something you are looking for out there.
Can you get help if you need it?
Asking for help is never a bad thing to do. You will most likely reach points where you are slightly confused as you embark on your ideal career. A life coach or mentor can help advise you with direction and can help work through your goals and aspirations. This will enable the move from past to future career run more smoothly. If you are attending a course at a college or university, talk to a career counsellor there.
Changing careers mid-life can seem an impossible and frightening task. This really just requires you to keep alert and be on top of your goals. This way you can achieve a career that fulfils your aspirations either professionally, personally or financially. Once you have made the successful career move, it is unlikely that you will look back.