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    Educated Risks can lead to a Rewarding Career

    Even though the UK economy is technically in recovery, unemployment is actually set to rise before it starts going down again. If you're already in a well-paid, prestigious role it might seem like too much of a risk, in this uncertain climate, to give it up and go off in search of a new career. But what if your current post is so unfulfilling that it'd be worth taking the risk for a more rewarding career? If your boss makes David Brent look like Man of the Year or you've sent your PA on an all-expenses-paid holiday just so they can't make any appointments for you, it could be time to take the risk. After all, there is a difference between silly risks and educated risks. A silly risk is impulsive and hasn't been thought through properly. An educated risk is based on preparation and the acquisition of relevant knowledge. You don' t  wade too far out into the ocean without first learning to swim, so no one's asking you to give up your current career without first forming an idea of what you want to do next.

    It really would be a silly risk to hand in your notice if you either have no idea what you want to do, or you have a list of options as long as your arm. Either way, you could spend months, or even years, adopting the 'scatter gun' approach of aiming for a new career, getting increasingly desperate until you just pick the first available post. But what happens if that role is just as unfulfilling as your previous position? You'll have wasted a lot of time trying to move forward into a more purposeful career, only to end up moving sideways. No, the secret to successfully taking a risk in order to get the career you want is to make sure it's an educated risk. This means informing and preparing yourself. Research and planning are the keys to identifying exactly what career is right for you and how you're going to get it. Once you've done this, you'll find it much easier to adopt a purposeful attitude towards launching that one career you've decided to focus on. As a result, you're much more likely to get that rewarding career.

    What exactly does researching and planning entail in this context? Well, first you have to research yourself. By reflecting on your life experiences, memories, interests, and talents-starting right back from your childhood-you'll eventually get an idea of which career you'd be best suited to. Finding out what makes you tick will help you find out what constitutes a 'rewarding career' in your book. Once you've singled out that one thing you want to do, you'll be able to start planning how you're going to get where you want to go. You can plan which organisations you're going to approach, how you're going to approach them and how you're going to sell yourself to them. All this may seem daunting-and it is. Thoroughly analysing your entire personal history by yourself is a task and a half, as is single-handedly forcing yourself into your dream company's network. This is where we come in. It's our aim to guide you through the whole journey: from deciding once and for all you want a more rewarding career, to identifying what that career would be, to making it happen. With us on your side, you won't be taking any rash, unnecessary risks; the risks you do take will be the ones worth taking. Just think of us as your armbands as you learn to swim!

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