changing careers

A recent survey revealed that 62% of UK workers would like to change careers.  If you’re in your 40s or 50s and concerned about making a career change, know that it’s never too late. By 2025 there will be one million more people aged 50 or over which means that one in three of the working age population will be over 50. The growing skills shortage and low unemployment presents a unique opportunity for those in their 40s and 50s to change careers more easily. In order for your career change to be successful however, you’ll need to plan your next steps carefully. From self-assessment to upskilling and updating your CV, here’s your to-do list for a successful career change when you’re over 40. Self-assess  To make the right career change, you need to understand your motivations and what inspires you. You should also ask: What's important to me? What do I want to achieve in the next...

[caption id="attachment_18136" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="If your job is affecting your health it might be time to move on"] [/caption] When your job begins to impact on your physical or mental health it could be a sign that it’s time to reassess your career. Some people report feeling physically sick at the thought of going into work, feeling unwell the whole time they were at work or suffering from a range of other symptoms of stress, depression or anxiety. They reasons they attribute it to their jobs is that once away from their work environment, the symptoms either diminish or disappear altogether. Whatever the cause for your decline in physical or mental health, it’s something you shouldn’t ignore. The first step should always be to contact your GP. Once you have the all clear from your GP, it’s worth taking a look at the reasons why you feel your physical or mental health...

[caption id="attachment_18534" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Optimising your CV is the best way to ensure you get your next interview"] [/caption] 1. Layout Rather than try and fill every inch of the page, allow some white space so the reader can comfortably read your CV. Adjust the spacing of your document where necessary to make sections easier to identify and read. Make sure you set your margins wide enough to allow space around the borders of the page and if including a footer, be sure there is enough space between it and the body of your CV. 2. Title If you have significant skills and experience, a good way for you to stand out from the crowd is to insert a title near the top of your CV.  For example, you could include a title like: Experienced Management Accountant to instantly brand yourself as such. 3. Keywords One of the biggest mistakes people make is neglecting to include relevant...

[caption id="attachment_18573" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Have you updated your profile lately?"] [/caption] How long has it been since you updated your LinkedIn profile? If your answer is months or years (shame on you), now is the time to turn the spotlight on your LinkedIn profile and give it the shiny New Year’s makeover it deserves. Here are ten ways to make sure your LinkedIn profile stands out from the crowd: 1. ADD A RECENT PHOTO If your LinkedIn profile photo is more than 2 years old, it is out of date. Make sure your photo is not one of you out on the town holding a wineglass, but one that portrays you as the professional you really are. 2. MAKE YOUR PROFESSIONAL HEADLINE WORK FOR YOU Although your entire profile should be keyword-rich, making your Personal Headline as keyword-rich as possible will go a long way towards getting noticed. When someone searches for someone using key words...

[caption id="attachment_16775" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Thinking of changing career?"] [/caption] Changing jobs is challenging enough but changing to a whole new career can be overwhelming.  One of the biggest hurdles faced by career changers is how to make a smooth and successful transition to their new career.  To help, we’ve put together this step-by-step guide to make the transition to your new career an easier one. Research A vital first step in changing careers is to research your new career. Speak to people in the industry to gain a realistic insight in to the culture, conditions, opportunities and challenges. As part of your research you should aim to identify any skills gaps, transferable skills and any qualifications or certifications required for your new career. Find out what others in your chosen new career have done for example, what are their backgrounds? What was their progression route? What qualifications do they have? Develop a plan A good...

[caption id="attachment_18585" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Benefits of work experience"] [/caption] Work experience is an arrangement where an employer hosts a work experience participant for a period of time to increase the participants’ employability through the development of on-the-job skills, knowledge and experience. There are a number of benefits resulting from work experience placements including: Participant benefits: Work skills Job seekers often find themselves in a ‘catch 22’ situation, they can’t get a job because they don’t have experience, yet they can’t get the experience without a job. Work experience allows the participant to gain all important work skills and experience. Communication and interpersonal skills Along with general work skills, work experience participants have an opportunity to develop their communication and interpersonal skills by interacting with a range of different people on the job including team members, managers and customers. Building a CV One of the greatest advantages of participating in a work experience placement is that the experience gained can...