Career Advice

At some point in our life we crave change in our career, you become disillusioned with companies or just want to change things up a bit, maybe you have been made redundant, need a new direction or are coming back to work after a break?


A change is as good as a rest to reignite passion for your job/career, so why delay!


So, what now!


The first thing is to recognise what you have to offer a future employer, what are your key skills and your strengths?


Are there areas that you need to develop or are you looking at trying something completely new?


There is a lot of information online to assist you and there are links to training and tests that are on offer also including word, excel, PowerPoint and sage.  These can all be studied at home from online courses.


If you are looking at going into a certain field i.e. nursing or teaching, then research what you need to do/study to get there and start as soon as possible

Harlow College as an example offers part-time and adult courses for several industries including Accounts, Law and Beauty, follow the link.


Decide what type of company you want to work for, are you looking for progression?  If so then you may want to consider a larger more corporate organisation as they may have a more structured route for you to progress in.  If you do not want to be thought of as just a number, you may prefer a smaller company so that you can understand the whole organisation and know that you are making a difference.


Overall, you must stay confident in your plan, match your skill set to the job/industry that you want to move into and make a plan.


Speak to friends, post on LinkedIn your intentions (if you are not currently working) there are a lot of contacts there that could give you good advice. Network in the local area, you may meet the person to get you where you want to be.  Speak to recruitment agents in your area or specialist field, they will have insights as to who is recruiting and will also be able to advise you as to the best way to approach the companies.


The next step is to go for it!  Good luck.