“It’s never too late to be what you might have been” – George Eliot
Inspirational words from one of the world’s finest ever novelists, who had to battle through a fair number of challenges in her own life. And they are as true now as they were when she wrote them over 100 years ago.
This timeless wisdom is particularly applicable to careers.
Because, these days, you really don’t have to stick with a career or job you’re not enjoying! It really is possible to change your career path if you’ve got the resilience and desire to do so.
Read on to find out how…
You Can Do It
We’ve all got (horror) stories about careers advisers telling us our job options – and what we would and wouldn’t be able to do.
Ahh, the good old bad old days, eh?
Do you know what the Bradford-based Managing Director of a world-leading manufacturer that now supplies the motorsport and aerospace industries was told he should be?
And he didn’t live anywhere near a forest. Or even have a penchant for those big checked shirts.
Sara Blakely sold office supplies door-to-door in her 20s. She quit to run her own company at the age of 30. That company is Spanx. And Sara Blakely is now a billionaire.
And there are plenty of less high profile, ordinary examples to get inspired by. People in your lives that have switched careers and been all the happier for it. Folk that have retrained as nurses or medical professionals. Others that have said ‘no’ to office life and are now enjoying working with their hands.
We’re not going to try telling you that it’s going to be super-easy to make the switch. There will be obstacles to overcome. And it may take time to make the transition into a new career. But, in the words of the great Jimmy Cliff, “You can get it if you really want”.
Pinpoint The Kind Of Job Or Career You Really Want
We know it’s very tempting to leap at the very first chance to get out of your current, much-resented job and into something new.
But you could end up jumping out of the frying pan into the fire – and end up in a role or career you dislike just as much as the old one. How disheartening would that be?
We don’t want to see you do that.
Try instead to identify the kind of career that you really want – and can realistically aspire to.
Do Your Research
Think about the kind of roles that would suit your abilities and personality type.
Are there roles of the nature you’re looking for in your local area, or would you need to relocate? How much travel would there be? Would you need to work weekends or unfamiliar shift patterns?
Consider the transferable skills you might have. And the skills you may need to develop if you are to land your dream job.
Get insight into what it’s really like to do the job by reading blogs by or about people actually doing them.
Keep up-to-date with all the latest news and hot topics dominating the industry you want to learn in.
The more research you do and the better the understanding of their industry or company you’re able to develop, the better chance you will have of impressing potential employers.
Have You Got The Skills?
Not every aspirational career requires you to have a degree or formal academic qualifications.
But it certainly helps to have skills that are very relevant to the kind of job you want to go after – and to be open-minded about acquiring the right skills.
“Oh, here we go,” you’re thinking: “I’ll have to retrain and it’s gonna take ages and costs me loads of money.”
Now, hold your horses there, you Negative Nelly! Not necessarily.
It’s absolutely possible to find training courses online that you can do in your own time that will cost you nothing (or next to nothing) and help you on your way to that new career.
Look at LinkedIn Learning, for instance.
There’s an incredible array of free training material on there provided by some of the biggest names in their respective industries. Many of the tutorials are just short videos that you can watch in your own time.
Some of the insight you can get from LinkedIn Learning content is just incredible. Even the most experienced people watch them to brush up on their skills or learn new things. So, you will stand yourself in very good stead if you can demonstrate that you have not only taken part in LinkedIn Learning training but actually really learnt from it.
Who knows, you might pick up just the kind of skills that potential new employers are desperately missing!
Determination And Resilience
You’re inevitably going to take some knocks along the way during your journey to a new career.
But don’t you dare throw in the towel! Remember why you’re making this change. Believe in yourself. Keep going.
Use powerful networks like Linkedin and other social media platforms to develop new contacts and insight that can help you learn what you need to know.
Take opportunities to secure valuable experience or build a professional portfolio that will show potential employers what you can do. Think about and prepare for the kinds of questions that you’re likely to be asked at your job interview.
The journey to your ideal career might take a little time, and perhaps be a little circuitous. But keep your eyes on the prize and you will get there in the end.
And when you do, you won’t ever look back or wonder ‘what might have been’.
Is Your CV Up To Scratch?
What does your CV say about you? Does it reflect your ambition to work in your desired career?
Or is it humdrum and generic?
Give yourself a much, much better chance of convincing potential employers to consider you for relevant roles by tailoring your CV towards them.
And make sure that your CV really reflects your passion, knowledge and transferable skills.
Get Yourself In Front Of The Right Employers
The best way to give yourself a fighting chance of getting your CV in front of the right people is to ping it across to a great recruitment agency like Recruitrite.
Because we have regular direct contact with North East, Humberside and UK-wide employers that could be looking for candidates just like you. And that means that we – and therefore you! – will be in the know about relevant upcoming vacancies before anyone else.
If we’re convinced by your ambition and willingness to learn, then we’ll be there for you in your corner, passionately putting your case forward. After all, our dedication to finding candidates the jobs they really want and matching them with the right companies is what sets us apart from other recruitment agencies.
And why not take a look at our current vacancies to see if your ideal job is in there? Who knows, with our help, you could soon find yourself in the job of your dreams!