New Year, New Job: Making Your Next Career Step
This year is the time to make that career change you’ve always wanted. Maybe you’re bored out of your brains with your current job and need an exciting, new job to get your teeth into. Or, you might simply want to further yourself and develop your skills. No matter what your age is, you will probably get to a point in your life when you know that it’s time for a change. So, make 2018 the year to do it!
Figure out what you enjoy doing
This one can be harder than it sounds, but it’s possible! There are plenty of assessment tests which you can complete online and many which are free to do. These personality tests may not be perfect, but they give you a solid idea of what you enjoy doing in life (and not), which can assess what career to head for. It’s also important to consider what you want to gain from your prospective career. The best way to solve this is to ask yourself ‘what do I need more of?’. Maybe you want to meet more people, want more free time, or simply to learn something new. Whatever it is, once you establish what you want out of life, your career choice will follow.
Consider further education
Whether you’ve just graduated a couple of years ago or haven’t touched a textbook in over ten years, think about educating yourself even more. You may have changed your mind later on in life and had a big change in heart over your career goals. If you’re a busy parent or are working a job alongside, many educational institutions offer the option to study from home. For example, if you’re dream is to become a policeman, check out these online police courses which you can do from your very own lounge. Once you know what type of job you’re after, finding the right course will come a lot easier.
Improve skills in your spare time
When it comes to getting your ideal job today, there’s more competition than ever, which means it’s vital to better yourself. Whether it’s more talents to put down on the job application or impressing your current employer with better leadership skills, make it your new year’s resolution to master a certain ability. As mentioned before, education may be the best path if you’re keen on learning more from the experts. However, you may already have the skills necessary for that new job in mind, these are known as transferable skills. If this is the case, refine these skills and have a clear head start. By doing this, you will shine in the interview.
Don’t rush into it!
A big mistake when it comes to climbing the career ladder is to rush into things and make hasty and unwanted decisions. It’s better to be slower and think things through than to be fast and pick a career which is not going to fulfill you. There are plenty of people who can advise you along the way, use their support wisely!