This is a contributor’s blogpost …
Most of us have a couple of bad days at work and wish we could walk away from it all. And some of us have bigger ambitions than our current jobs can fulfill. Of course, it takes a lot of determination to quit a job that pays the wage we need to live on. But if your life hasn’t taken the course you wanted it to, and you’re ready to apply yourself to something new, would you do it?
Changing course at any time in your life can be challenging and frightening. After years of training to do something well, you might be apprehensive about having to start again. This is why any career change needs to be carefully considered. It’s important that you pick something you are passionate about. After all, starting again can feel like going backwards. Do you have the drive and determination to push forward in the right direction for you?
You might have found yourself in an industry or role that has no prospects for you. We all need opportunities for challenges and to learn something new. And a promotion is certainly high on our agendas. Choose a career with room to grow in areas like Information Systems and Technology. You’ll find there are many IS&T Jobs at all levels, from entry to managerial. Any role that works in science and technology is quite likely to have a future.
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Of course, these kinds of role require a lot of training to get you started. From there, you can expect to continue your education and training throughout your career in order to stay current. This is common for many sectors and industries these days as technology and development is moving forward so rapidly. That’s why career changes needn’t be quite so hard. So long as you know what is current, you can find a place for that role.
Preparing your resume shouldn’t take long once you’ve identified your key skills and experience. The skills you have acquired since you started your working life are often transferable to any job and any career. Your experience should also apply to other roles. Think about the kind of questions a new employer would ask you. What do they need to know to ensure you’re the right fit and an asset to the company? Apply your past to their future.
If you haven’t had a job interview in a while, it can be a good idea to practice. Ask friends or family to help you here. You can also hire career consultants to take you through the basics of what to expect. No two interviewers are alike. Some companies use the same interview questions or the same candidate selection model over and again. It’s worth asking someone who currently works there what their interview was like.
Don’t underestimate the power of networking. If you have any connections to a company that interests you, then look for leads and opportunities through them. They’ll give you an idea of what they’re looking for in new recruits. And they might just put a good word in for you too!