Mummy says…I am thinking of returning to college in September to complete a foundation degree after almost seven years. Thinking of changing your career path is a bit daunting and you need to make sure you have made the right decision before you make the jump. Whilst it may seem like the best decision at the time, without proper planning and research you could find that you’ve made a big mistake….
To help, we have put together a guide to 11 things you should consider before you change your career path:
– What Industry Do You Want To Go Into? Is It A Completely New One?
Changing your career path is a big decision to make and perhaps the biggest decision of all is deciding what career you want to go into. If you’re not happy in the position you’re currently in choosing a new career could be incredibly difficult, especially if it’s something completely different to the role you’re already in. If that’s the case, make sure you’re doing as much research as you possibly can to determine whether or not it’s the right path for you. For tips and tricks on finding the career for you, you can visit this guide here.
– Do You Have An Ideal Salary In Mind?
When moving into a new job you need to think about whether or not you have an ideal salary in mind. Whilst most people will already know what the absolute minimum they would accept is, why not think about what the most you’d like to achieve is instead? Not only does this push you to aim higher, but it will mean you’re naturally searching for jobs that have a higher pay bracket. You never know what may happen!
– Are There Any Other Benefits You’re Looking For?
As well as money, any other benefits a company can offer should be something you consider before changing your career path. Think about whether or not you will be offered a company car, whether or not there is any bonus or whether you will be offered an incentive for a job well done. Whilst they may not be important to some, little perks like this are often the makeup break between accepting a job offer.
– Is There A Particular Company You Want To Work For?
If you already have a company that you want to work for in mind you need to start doing as much research as you possibly can about them. Find out what their company values are, what their interview process is like and whether or not they have any current vacancies. You may find that they don’t have any positions available right now, but if you get in touch and express your interest it will show how keen you are to work with them.
– What Position Would You Be Applying For?
If you don’t know the company that you’re thinking of applying for, you may know the position you want to take instead. If this is the case then you’re likely to be in a better position as you’ll be able to search specifically for that position on job sites, narrowing it down by the area you’re thinking of working in. If you don’t know what position you want to apply to you are also in a really good position as it gives you a clean slate to work with.
– Do You Have The Necessary Experience?
If you’re applying for a completely new industry and job role altogether, you need to consider whether or not you have the experience needed for the job. Think about all of the transferable skills you have learned in your previous positions – and as a SAHM and work out exactly how they would benefit you in the roles you’re applying for. Whether you want to become a gym instructor or start a career in marketing, you need to ensure you have the right experience before you get started.
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– If Not, How Will You Gain The Necessary Experience?
If you don’t have the necessary experience for the positions you’re applying for, you need to consider how you’re going to gain it and how long it is going to take. Once you have worked this out, you will be able to strategically plan the best possible time to leave your current position in order to go straight into your new one. Even if it is going to take a number of years, the earlier you start gaining these skills the better. For a guide on gaining new skills for your career, you can visit this site here.
– What Career Progression Is Available?
When looking for a new career path you need to think about what potential career progression is available to you. This is a really important factor for those that want to progress whilst they work as it will allow you to see where you may be after a couple of years of hard work.
– Do You Need To Relocate?
If you are looking for a new career and there is a potential to relocate, you need to work out whether or not this is something you want to do in order to progress in your career. Whilst for some relocation is not a big deal, for others, it means uprooting their entire life in order to work their dream job. If this is the case, make sure you’re drawing up a list of pros and cons, involving absolutely everyone involved in the decision you make. For a guide on how to relocate for work, you can visit this site here.
– How Will You Search For Your New Job?
Once you know what it is you’re looking for, you need to consider how you’re going to start looking for your new job. Will you be searching job boards? Approaching local businesses? Speaking to a recruitment agency? Asking friends and family? Whilst it may take a while, trying each of these methods will help get you a step closer to what could potentially be your dream job.
– Will Your New Career Make You Happy?
Finally, one of the most important things you need to consider is whether or not your new job is going to make you happy. If you’re changing career path you need to be sure it is the best possible decision you’re going to make, rather than something you regret in a number of years to come. Whilst it can be hard to know this in advance, looking out for red flags and warnings signs is a great place to start. For a guide on red flags in a new job, you can visit this site here.
Are thinking of changing your career path? What do you need to think about before you make your final decision? Let me know in the comments section below.