Whether you’re a couple of years out of college or at the midway stage of a lifelong role, changing a career path you’ve committed to and invested in can cause trepidation.
Migrating to an entirely new sector isn’t without risks and these are magnified when you’ve got a family to support — failure might not only mean the embarrassment of figuratively falling on your face but also that you’re unable to take care of basic financial duties.
However, provided you plan ahead, there’s no reason you should stay in a job that you’ve fallen out of love with or have realized simply isn’t for you — staying beyond your best before the date can cause untold anxiety and negatively impact your home life.
With that in mind, here are three ways to switch careers and claim your slice of job satisfaction.
Internships are excellent ways of deciding whether a particular role, industry, and company is right for you — prior to taking the plunge and deciding to take a course geared towards gaining a foothold or applying straight away for an entry-level position.
Ethically, you should get paid for internships, even if the compensation is minimal — you’re still working, so should be rewarded for your efforts.
Find a paid internship on the Milkround site and send in your application as soon as possible.
Volunteering is another excellent way of testing the water in a new industry — but you’ll need to save cash to support yourself, because these positions aren’t paid, although some food or travel expenses might be offered.
There are countless charities and good causes to choose from and they’ll all welcome you donating your time to help, but the Royal Voluntary Service comes highly recommended for the variety of work on offer in hospitals and the community and the high level of training and support provided to volunteers.
Topping up your academic credentials with a formal higher education course remains one of the most reliable ways to either advance your career in the company or industry you’re already in or move to a totally new line of work and hit the ground running.
Check out an accredited provider like Anglia Ruskin Distance Learning to get a clearer picture of the diverse qualifications on offer — you could end up becoming anything from a healthcare manager to a top-flight professional football coach.
And the benefits of learning online include being able to work full or part-time and take care of any childcare or family responsibilities.
Follow this hattrick of career conversion tips and you’ll banish boring jobs from your life and enjoy the type of satisfying work-life you’ve dreamed about for years — the best time to make a change is right now.
That’s our list! Please share your own career change tips in the comments section.