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Are you ready for a career change?

We can all be forgiven for waking up and not wanting to go to work every once in a while. But, if those feelings are becoming ever more frequent, perhaps it’s time to consider a career change.

Switching careers is an undeniably daunting prospect, especially if you’ve worked in the same job for a long time. You might be concerned about taking a pay cut or not knowing how to gain new skills while keeping up your full-time job.

Don’t worry. Check out our list below of the top signs it’s time for you to consider learning something new and taking the career change plunge, and then we’ll discuss how you can do it. 

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1. You feel unfulfilled at work

There’s a difference between occasionally waking up uninspired and feeling down, and always waking up uninspired and feeling down. Everyone has bad days where they just don’t want to go to work, but ideally, those days should be few and far between. Work should, at least some of the time, have you leaving the house with a spring in your step, excited about what the day may bring. 

Try writing a list of the things you’re not loving about your current job. Then, think of ways to fix them. Perhaps you could have a chat with your boss about changing the projects you’re on or moving to a new department. But if you don’t think that will make a difference, it’s probably time to consider what else you’d like to do for work that would bring you a better sense of satisfaction.

2. You’re not utilising your skills

Are you a great communicator who is stuck in the store room? Do you enjoy problem solving and have an aptitude for technical tasks but spend your days doing repetitive work that doesn’t challenge you?

We know how feeling like you could be doing more or your skills aren’t being utilised at work can be extremely frustrating.

So, don’t waste your qualifications. If you’ve studied hard to acquire specific skills and knowledge that you’re not getting to implement or build upon, maybe it’s time for a career change and a move to somewhere that your skills will be valued.

3. You’re jealous of your friends and their jobs

We often think of jealousy as a bad thing. And, whilst it’s not the best way to live your life, being constantly envious of those around you can often be a signal that things in your own life aren’t quite right.

If you can’t stand hearing about your friends’ happy working life and you find yourself faking your ‘congratulations on your promotion’ smile, then perhaps it’s a signal you’re not in the right job and ready for a career change.

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4. You hate talking about what you do

We’ve all been there. In a rut. Not enjoying what we do. Then you get to that inevitable situation at a party, a social gathering, or down the pub, when you meet someone new and they ask what you do. You tell them and they politely nod, raising their eyebrows with a slight smile. ‘And what does that entail?’ they ask.

You quickly run through what you do and despite their best efforts, despite their eyebrows raising that little bit higher and their smile growing wider, they can’t quite hide it. Your job isn’t that interesting and you’re bored explaining it to people.

Your job doesn’t have to be interesting to everyone to be worthwhile. If you enjoy it and are passionate about what you do, then telling people will be a breeze. Even if it’s something that others may not find interesting, your passion will shine through and people will be drawn in.

So, what can you do about it?

Don’t just sit there and make do. Be proactive. Make a change. 

It is a big decision to commit to a career change, and it’s not something that happens overnight. But if you’re prepared to put in the time and work hard, you’ll be excited about the new path in front of you and regain that vigour for getting out of bed in the morning. 

You may have to start at the bottom and work your way up and you may have to study again. But it’ll sure be better to take the first steps towards a destination you want to end up at, than being half way to one you don’t.

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Take an online training course

Sometimes something as simple as taking part in an online course can trigger real positive change. Here at Learning People, we offer a range of courses that can help you discover a new career with ease.

Project management courses

If you have great leadership skills and a fantastic eye for detail and organisation, then a project management course may well open up some fantastic avenues for you. We have a course to suit you whether you’re a total newbie or you’ve already got some experience and are wanting to make your way to becoming a project managing pro. 

Coding courses

Great at problem solving? Technically minded? Creative? Our coding courses enable you to develop your skills and learn how to design websites and other transferable skills. Learn to code in your own time and open up a world of opportunities.

IT and cyber security courses

Technically-minded people are always in demand. IT courses can help you develop your knowledge in one of a wide variety of subjects that can all lead to fantastic new working opportunities. We offer courses in everything from networking to cyber security.

Really think about what you want to do

Don’t just dive into another job without thinking it through. You might end up in the same position you’re currently in a few years down the line. Think about why you don’t enjoy your current job and use these reasons to make sure you’re moving in the right direction.

Find something you’re enthusiastic about. It’s time to get a job that does challenge you, one that you’d be able to talk about for hours when strangers ask you what you do.

Our student Chris made the change from being a general manager in the leisure industry for 13 years to a career in IT. Hear about his experience with us, including how he utilised our StudentCare team and fit his studies around his job and family:

It’s time to start that next journey, so lace up your boots and prepare for change. The road ahead may seem long, but with each step you take, you’re closer to your end goal. Get in touch with us today to discuss your learning options and get on the route to your ideal job.