Changing Careers – Part 2 Finding the right career to suit you
In Part 1 we thought about whether career change could benefit you, and suggested some questions that might help you to be clearer about your decision. While it can be tempting to skip straight from that to looking at specific careers, it’s often a good idea to spend some time first thinking about what motivates you as a person and what you really want?
This is Part 2 of a three part series; In Part 1 we thought about whether career change could benefit you and suggested some questions that might help you to be clearer about your decision. In Part 3 we have a check list to help you make a final decision on whether you really should make the change
Think about your interests, inside and outside work – what are you looking for from a career? Once you’ve worked this out, you can start building up a picture of your ideal job and you can find out which careers match it most closely
Career planning: where to start!
Unless you’ve got a clear idea of what you want to do, it can be difficult to know where to start. And if you do have a career in mind, how do you know whether you’ve considered all your options?
As a starting point, you could try sitting down with a piece of paper and listing:
- Courses you’ve taken in the past, or are taking now
- Any jobs you’ve had, including voluntary work
- Interests outside work
- Any other significant experiences, like travelling
Then ask yourself:
- Why you chose to do the things you have listed?
- Which parts you really enjoyed?
- Which parts you found frustrating or boring?
- Which parts you were best at?
- Which parts you found a challenge?
- What have other people said about your contribution?
- What other people have told you you’re good at?
You should start to see some patterns emerging; the types of skills you enjoy using, the sort of environment you perform best in and the types of people you like working with.
You can use this knowledge to help pinpoint areas of work you might enjoy.
Exploring types of careers
Once you have got an idea of areas you might want to work in, the next step is to check out some career profiles. These will give you information about the opportunities available in a particular line of work – and what skills and qualifications you’re likely to need.
You can find a range of job profiles at this link https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advice/planning/jobfamily/Pages/default.aspx
Help with career planning
If you need support form a coach in making a decision about a career change, please get in touch. Part 3 next week will be about things you need to consider like pay, location and getting the right qualifications.
Wendy Mason is a career coach and writer. She helps people reach their goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life. You can contact Wendy at firstname.lastname@example.org and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com
Other posts you might like to read
Be Successful – Making A Personal Change – Part 1 Admit A Change is Needed
Be Successful – Making A Personal Change – Part 2 Be Clear About The Change You Want
Be Successful – Making A Personal Change – Part 3 Be Clear About What Is Troubling You
Be Successful – Making A Personal Change – Part 4 Identify what is most difficult for you
- Be Successful – Making A Personal Change – Part 5 Select Your Goals for Change
- Be Successful -Making A Personal Change – Part 6 Change Your Core Beliefs
- Be Successful – Making A Personal Change – Part 7 Learning To Accept Yourself