Changing career in the new year

Sunday, January 06, 2013

It's that time of the year when we start to make career changes. Here are five tips to help you make a better career decision for yourself  and effectively change career in the new year

  • Stick to what you are good at: if you want pursue a new career path, keep to areas where you have a natural aptitude. Accountancy may suit you if you have a head for figures.

  • It helps if you enjoy what you do: you spend a lot of time at work, so it is important that you enjoy it. Being enthusiastic also makes you more attractive to employers and will motivate you to progress. So pick a career that you have a passion for, not just one you think will earn you the most money.

  • Get the right skills: the key to a good career move is to have the right qualifications. If you do not have experience in this sector or particular role, a recognisable and valued professional qualification can open up opportunities.

  • Take it a step at a time: In these difficult economic times, you may not want to burn your bridges. Learning while earning - for example, by taking an evening class - can enable you to gain a professional qualification while still paying your bills.

  • Broaden you horizons  changing career paths is not something you want to do time and time again. Ensure that whatever skill you learn gives you a wide choice of career opportunities.

Article first published on Metro, written by Jane Scott Paul - CEO, AAT

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