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Strategies to help you transition into a new career

If your industry seems to be in decline or subject to more swings in demand than in the past perhaps you want to consider a career change. Perhaps you have a real passion that lies elsewhere to give you a greater sense of personal achievement or satisfaction. Perhaps you want a less stressful environment.

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Many people change careers several times in their lives. Look for opportunities nearer home, there might be scope in your current position. Take courses that relate to your new field. Search through the job advertisements for the career you plan to change to and note which of your current skills are a match. Write a resume that highlights the skills you already have.and match them to the "wish list" of recruiters for those jobs. Get a feel for the industry you plan to join by working on a part time or volunteer basis. Join trade groups, go to conferences, participate in online chat rooms. However, before you move make sure you are financially set up and can fund the change and take care of your bills if it does not work out as you hope.

Changing careers is easier in earlier life. You may have to go into a junior position, on lower pay, and work your way up. Employers may doubt your resolve to build up and lack of experience. Passion and commit can over come these obstacles. Your work experiences are more than just a chronology of the positions you have held. Tell what you accomplished in each role and demonstrate how you solved problems.

If your chosen new career requires particular skills and qualifications you have to research training and educational options to bridge the gap. There are many online courses available even to degree and master level - just make sure that it is accredited.

-The local job centre may advise on what funding there is for certain training, although if you are well qualified in one field it may not be possible to get grants to train up in an unrelated field. If you don't ask you wont find out.


Last updated 3rd March 2009