Changing career in the new year

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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