Since the start of the pandemic, a number of industries have been badly hit and have suffered job losses and redundancies. Areas that have been particularly affected are the hospitality sector, the beauty industry and the retail sector.
For many, changing career may be a daunting task and exposes us to the unknown and unfamiliar territory. Plenty of people are taking the plunge either through necessity or upon reflection and it may not be as scary a process as you think. The transition to a new career may be easier and more rewarding than you think.
Here are some useful and practical tips to consider when you are considering changing career.
- Don’t do it alone
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”Helen Keller
Seek out others who are like minded and are also considering redirecting.
Network as much as possible, research new career options, and speak with people who are currently working at the job you are considering. Using the online professional networking platform LinkedIn can be very helpful as you can keep up to date on industry changes, as well as build up a strong professional network in the area you want to move into.
2. Identify your transferable skills
Transferable skills are skills that you can take with you from one job to another. They are not always job skills, but can be skills learned at school, college, voluntary work, team sports or hobbies, working in the home caring for children, the list is endless.
Examples of transferable skills.
A person that has never worked in, for example manufacturing, should not be put off applying for a manufacturing role just because they have no manufacturing experience. They may have developed many essential skills which would prove valuable in a manufacturing role like, working as part of a team, time management skills, good communication, and flexibility with regards to working hours, friendliness and approachability.
3. Do your career research.
This is vital as it will give you an insight as to the salary scales, the job vacancies and the job descriptions. A very good, updated comprehensive website to do research on these areas are www.careersportal.ie
4. Identify your skills gap and act on it.
In the next two decades 90% of jobs will require some form of Digital Skills
Ireland is in the top 10 Countries with the lowest Digital Skills
Almost 50% of the Irish workforce do not have the digital competencies needed for most jobs.
10% of employees have no basis Digital Skills at all.
If you have identified a digital skills gap, you will need to invest your time and finances in some training which will give you the confidence and skills needed to transition easily into a new career.
5. Volunteer in the field
Volunteering will certainly give you an insight as to what is actually involved. It also allows you to put it onto your CV, provide you with useful examples at interview, and puts you into the career space that you want to move into.
6. Reap the rewards:
- More satisfied
- More fulfilled
- Less stressed
We’re ready to talk you through the best training options for your career. Book a free consultation with one of our Training & Careers Directors on the calendar below.