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    What it Takes to Make a Career Change

    The reasons why people make a career change are two-fold. It’s either because they want to or because they have to. Regardless of which it is, ‘working smart’ is a useful catchphrase. If you have to make a career change because you’ve been out of the market, be it because you:

    • are returning from a sabbatical
    • are returning after having a baby
    • have been forced out of your previous role  through organisational change or redundancy

    - knowing what you need to do in your career change is paramount. On the other hand, if you’re in work and you want to make career change, you must realise that you have to make time available to yourself to effect that shift. The single biggest frustration for the career changer who’s in work is their inability to make time, and to undertake the transition in a professional and serious way.

    Whichever of these routes you’re coming into career change by, you need to get clear about your modus operandi and develop effective habits. If you are at a job and that job, along with other responsibilities in your personal life, takes up the vast bulk of your week, you need to carve out time. It’s probably better to allocate a little bit of time each day instead of trying to get a huge slug of time at weekend. Whatever works for you needs to become a habit and needs to answer the question, ‘am I working smart with this?’

    If you’re not in work, you have a different challenge because you’re more time-rich and it’s easy for you to get into bad habits and become distracted. Remember: the main thing about career change is getting clear about what you want to do. We mean getting very specific about what it is you are going to do, in terms of role, type of organisation, culture, and sector--even down to being able to name which organisations you want to work for. It’s not arbitrary; it’s predicated on you having a very specific understanding of why those organisations will find you to be a valuable resource. If you don’t get down to that level of specific research and understanding, this whole carer search will take a long time and frustrate you hugely.

    In summary, whether you’re in work or not, your career change will succeed based on an understanding of your value, getting clear about what you’re going to do and building a plan that you can then action and succeed in achieving the new career that you want.

    If you are considering a career change you may want to take a look at our latest eBook: Make Your Career Change Happen: 96 Tips to a New Career.

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