How do you make a successful transition and decide which career to embark on?
Take some time out to think about what you want and follow these steps for a smooth transition.
Assess your interests & skills
Sally Bibb, Founder of Engaging Minds advises considering what’s really important to you in your career. “What sort of working environment do you think you’ll be happy in? What energises you most work-wise? And what do you naturally love doing and are good at? All these questions will help you to identify some possible avenues. Spending a bit of time thinking about yourself and what fulfils you will help you to make the right choices.” Note down your skills, experiences and talents and analyse whether you have a specific path in mind. This will give you a clearer focus on what the next step is, and the areas you may need to develop.
Research new careers
Make a list of careers you’ve considered. How viable are these choices? Knowledge is power in job-hunting and, consequently, it is beneficial to research the employers you are interested in working for. This will help you to understand their hiring practices, corporate culture and benefits. Speak to people in the industry you would like to work in to give you a better idea of what to expect from this career.
According to Tracy Johnson, Career Coach and Founder of Brainbox Coaching “The key is to think about the kind of skills you enjoy and are good at, the environment you’d like to be in and the kind of people you want to work with. Once you’ve narrowed it down to two or three areas, you’ll be able to do some more targeted research and start looking at specific job roles.”
Ask yourself whether there are any specific skills or qualifications you need, for a particular role/position.
Ask for advice and help
“The only mistake you can make is not asking for help”– Sandeep Jauhar, Best-Selling Author of ‘Doctored’ and ‘Intern’.
Every new experience in life is an exciting opportunity to face challenges and enhance your current abilities. Transition from the Services is an ideal time to make new acquaintances and re-connect with old ones – creating a network within your chosen areas of interest is key to this.
One useful technique is to make business cards, which include your name, LinkedIn profile and preferred sector, which you can distribute to prospective employers. Make connections face-to-face too as this will help elevate your profile to potential employers. Ask questions to help gather information on potential work sectors.
Believe in yourself & incorporate what you learn along the way
“One of the hardest things with a change of career is believing that we can do this new task.” Robin Kermode, leading European speech director and Founder of Zone2
As you move into the phase of telephone and face-to face interviews, view each encounter as a learning opportunity. If you make an error in one interview, learn from it – you’re likely to be asked something similar in your next sit-down. As you accumulate knowledge and familiarity with the industry and employers’ expectations, you’ll begin to feel more comfortable and confident. Before long, it’s likely you’ll find yourself in a role you’ve always wanted.
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