We challenge you to find your new direction. The fact that you’re here says you’re looking for a change, but change can be difficult. If you’ve been in your current role for a long time, perhaps you’re a midlife career changer, it can seem even harder to muster the time and energy for change. But don’t lose heart – it doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Even the word impossible says, ‘I’m possible!’ You can succeed at any age and at any stage of your career change. So, take it slow or race to the finish line. It’s up to you.
That’s why we deliver our professional development courses 100% online with unlimited tutor support. We want you to feel supported, not rushed. You have the flexibility to work through your course at a pace that’s in line with your professional and personal responsibilities.
Are you ready for change?
So, how do you know you’re ready for a career change? You can read a more detailed story about the signs that point to career change here, but we’ve broken it down if you’re in a hurry.
- You’re stuck in a rut
- You dread going to work
- You feel like you’re not contributing
- You feel lost without direction
- You’re irritable with those closest to you
- You’re constantly finding fault with colleagues
- You have situational depression (workplace)
- You have anxiety when you’re at work or thinking about work
Does any of this sound familiar? If so, it’s probably time to plan your exit strategy. You might consider contacting a careers counsellor for advice on making the transition. You can read more about how to choose a career counsellor (and why) here.
The power of studying to switch careers
Consider a short professional development course in an area that interests you. Our short online courses are the perfect introduction to many careers and industries, allowing you to dip your toe in before you commit to further study. But keep in mind many courses can lead you directly to your dream job. After all, we’ve discovered at least eight high paying careers that don’t’ require a degree!
Short professional development courses are also important to fill skills gaps. If you’re in marketing, but want to move into social media for example, a course in digital marketing or social media management will be helpful. Similarly, if you’re working in advertising but want to move into a more creative role, copywriting courses are ideal. Or, if you simply want to move into a more senior role in your current career but lack management or communication skills to pursue a promotion, consider communication, leadership or management training.
Consider your circumstances
If you’re ready to take the plunge, you’ll also need to consider your finances and personal and professional commitments to see how you can plan for a stress-free transition. It’s also helpful to brush up on your resume writing skills and learn how to write a career change cover letter.
Setbacks are inevitable but push through
Change is never easy, and setbacks are usually inevitable. But we urge you to push through because the reward will be a new lease on your professional life! So, what are the main areas of setback when it comes to changing careers? You can read more about overcoming obstacles in career change here. But let’s break it down to four main areas:
Lacking confidence is a setback when it comes to finding a new career. If you’re having a crisis of confidence, try listing your strengths and how your skillset can be transferred to a new career. You’ll probably be surprised how many skills you can take from your current role to a new career.
- Lack of clarity or direction
It can be difficult to find direction if you’re tired of your career but lack clarity on what you’d like to do next. Think about your passions, values and lifestyle to develop some good options. You could even spend time in a workplace that resonates with you or speak to a professional in an industry you’re interested in joining.
If your current job supports you financially, it can be intimidating to even think about changing careers. But if you can budget and find other income streams, it is possible to make it work.
Uncertainty is hard to take. To mitigate feelings of overwhelm, try to plan for change and identify how it will impact your life.
Kick career goals!
So, what are you waiting for? Take charge of your professional life and find a new direction today. You can kick your career goals, and you can find 13 helpful tips on how to make your career dreams a reality here!
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