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How to tackle the most common career change concerns

Making a big career move can be scary, especially if you’ve been in the same role or industry for a long time. There are several common misconceptions that you, or those around you, might use to put you off taking the plunge.

We’re here to debunk those myths and show you that it’s never too late for a happy ending.

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I’m too old

Says who? With the average retirement age now standing at 65, there’s plenty of time for 3, 4 or even more different careers. In fact, the average person changes their job role around 12 times. Truthfully, you are never too old to live your best life.

I’m stuck here

When did you last job hunt? If it was more than 3 months ago, then whatever you think about the number of jobs that are out there is probably outdated. Just because your dream company wasn’t hiring then, doesn’t mean they aren’t hiring now.

Job searching is about timing and business conditions change continuously. Most major recruitment or job search sites allow you to set up job notifications via email. Be specific with your criteria and keep an eye out for the perfect role. It might not come up straight away, but the perfect role is worth holding out for.

No one will take me seriously

Or will they take you incredibly seriously, considering you’ve had the guts to go after your dream career? To bolster your decision and support your job application, you could take on a course, volunteer in your chosen industry, freelance on the side to hone your skills.

If you’re worried that people won’t take you seriously, follow these simple steps and they’ll soon see just how dedicated you are.

Money or mindfulness

If you’re changing your career because it’s giving you unwanted stress, then make sure you’re looking out for the same markers in jobs you apply for. Don’t be tempted by money if you’re not 100% sure on the company. Whilst making a career change isn’t the end of the world, it isn’t something you want to jump into lightly either. Ensuring that you’re not going to burn out or become mentality out of whack is more important than chasing a larger pay packet.

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There’s too much choice

To get over this hurdle, you’re going to need to write some lists. Start by writing out a list of possible areas you’d like to work in. Take a look at the general entry requirements for jobs in these areas. For example, to go into teaching requires degree, publishing requires a Masters. See if you could train in particular roles and if you can’t, cross them off the list. The same goes for roles with no progression. If you’re going to leap into a new career path, you best make sure it’s going somewhere.
 

I’m not trained enough

Call it Imposter Syndrome, or fear of the unknown; many people don’t believe they are capable of moving careers. However, a lot has changed when it comes to educating yourself for a new job. You no longer need to bail out of working to head back to school. You don’t even need to shell out for a student loan. If you’re concerned that you might be under qualified, why not change that? There are so many different courses that you can take alongside working full or part time. Spruce up your CV and your confidence levels.

Making a career change could be one of the best decisions you ever make. Increasingly, millennials and above are starting to realise that job satisfaction is about so much more than salary. As we’ve said, it’s never too late to live your best life. So, why not come and talk to us about how we can work together to make that career dream, a reality.