Many of us have experienced a pretty up and down year when it’s come to our careers. The world has changed a lot over the past twelve months. Some have seen our careers really take off, but for the vast majority of us, our careers have halted, stumbled or completely fallen.
Chances are the coronavirus and Covid-19 pandemic has had some sort of impact on your outlook and, chances are, if you’re reading this article, you may be considering a new career path as a result. Some of us have lost our jobs, our industries are struggling and – put simply – we have little choice but to look elsewhere.
Some of us have experienced periods of working from home or being furloughed where we’ve had opportunity to reflect and may have come to the conclusion that our current jobs simply aren’t for us. Either way, if you want to try something new, embrace it! This may be a challenge, but it’s certainly achievable. Here are some suggestions that could help you to get started out on this new journey!
Choose a Role You Want to Pursue
The first step you need to take towards a new career is deciding what kind of role or field of specialism you want to pursue. Some of us will already have a clear idea, as it has been a lifelong goal, or we’ve recently been inspired to enter a particular field.
Some of us will make our decisions based on income and stability. In this case, you may take a look at what salaries different positions pay and whether the industry is stable and reliable right now, offering job security.
For others, you may need to take more time researching things you love and are interested in and which jobs will allow you to do this. This new role could be anything. It could be teaching. It could be specialising in platforms for day trading crypto. It could be marketing. It could be STEM. Be open and consider all of your potential options!
Do You Need Specific Qualifications or Experience?
If you’re considering entering a new field or role, you will then need to realistically survey your current levels of qualifications and experience that are relevant to the role. Do you need specific qualifications to get involved?
Can you start at the bottom and work your way up? Do you have sufficient time and commitment to pursue necessary qualifications? If you’re starting in a bottom of the ladder role, can you get by on a lower income until you do start to work your way up?
These are all serious questions that you need to seriously consider before diving in. This can help you to be realistic about your new ventures and to make sure that you’re fully committed and able to go ahead.
These are just the starting steps to getting yourself on the path to a new career. But they are extremely useful and should help to guide you in the right direction!