Career advice

When to take the next career step

If you’re not feeling satisfied in your current job or you’re simply after a change in your career, then it might be time you took the first step. However, don’t rush into it. Take the time to explore your options and follow these tips to make your decision easier:
  • Ask yourself, what are the reasons for a career change? To ensure you are changing jobs or careers for the right reasons, it is essential to reflect on your motivations.
  • Have a plan. Know where you are taking that next step and be aware of the implications that may be involved.
  • Don’t rush into your career move until you have thought about it thoroughly.
  • Feeling unsure is a normal process when changing careers, so don’t let these feeling put you off until you have researched your future opportunities.
  • Take your time deciding where you want to go and what you want to do. As the old saying goes ‘good things take time’.
  • Recognise your current skills that are transferable. This will give you a head start when searching for your new position.
  • Explore the job market and your options. Don’t limit yourself to similar careers or jobs because you may end up doing the same thing, just in a different place.
  • Think ahead when looking for the right position. Ask yourself, is there room for growth at this company? Will I get additional training? Where do I see myself in five years time?
  • Use your networking skills for potential opportunities. This may include family, friends, current clients and colleagues.
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