Time to Make a Change?

If you are thinking of making a change in a direction, a complete career change, it’s important to think about some key questions to clarify reasons for making a change:

What is it about your career that means you consider a change?

  • the nature of the job, or the people you work with?
  • lack of opportunity within the company?
  • Leadership, management or organisational practices?
  • Restructuring, reorganisation, takeover - is change being forced on you?

What aspects of your career do you want to change?

  • achieve a better work–life balance
  • earn a higher salary
  • gain more independence
  • feel you're making a more tangible contribution to society.

Career change usually involves training for new qualifications. Consider how long it will take to qualify, how much study will cost in terms of money and personal time and energy.

Be realistic

You will be able to use your transferable skills in a new career but you may have to consider starting in a role that has less responsibility and a lower salary. Can you afford to do this in the short, medium or long term?

The changes you make will also affect those around you, your partner and dependents, so you should discuss the implications of career change to ensure you have support and encouragement when you need it.

Plan ahead

A wish list of what you hope to achieve in the long and short term will help you identify what's possible and enable you to prioritise your goals. If you decide that you need a change then you should work for change.

  • Examine your attitudes, behaviour, ambitions, skills and life style. Consider how, to improve your situation
  • Design a strategy to maximise your opportunities  

Identify what achievements you have to date and identify objectives and then build an action plan to track and manage your professional development. If you change your mind about your goal, revisit your original plan to make any necessary adjustments.

Remember action plans need to be SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time-based).

Once you have made your initial plans, set a date to review your development to keep yourself on track.

Managing your career is an ongoing process, not something that you only do when circumstances make it a necessity and it’s important to continue to learn, either formally or informally. Developing your skills, knowledge and abilities can be life-changing, whatever stage of your career.


For further support and advice please contact us on 0333 240 8115 or email info@careerds.co.uk

Posted: Friday 3 August 2018

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