So you’ve been stuck in a rut for a while with work. You’re no longer enjoying it, and the path you have chosen perhaps isn’t shaping up like you thought. Join the club! I felt like this too before I left my job in obstetrics and gynaecology. I realised that it no longer addressed my needs and that I was on a road I no longer wanted to walk down.
So I switched.
I’m lucky in the sense that in my career as a doctor, I have many options open to me. The hard work behind it however wasn’t luck. It was literally hard work, tonnes of practice, long hours and of course having great mentors for support.
Career switching is something I’m a huge advocate for. We spend so much of our life AT WORK, so why not make it something you enjoy? The nice thing is that in our modern times, switching career is no longer weird, and is actively encouraged.
This contributed post looks at ways in which you could change your career to something you love!
What Do I Really Want?
Asking yourself this question is really important. What do you want in a career? Satisfaction? More money? We could all do with that bit of extra money, and there is no end of ways you can do this online. But what if you don’t fancy yourself as the next online entrepreneur? What if the idea of being self-employed brings you out in hives?
This is where you need to keep your options open and set yourself up for a career change, and if you want to make this a possibility then you do need to make some effort to get there.
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Have a Cracking CV
This may seem obvious, but documents are often skimmed over rather than read. If you are able to be a little bit creative with your CV then this can really help you out. Of course, there are so many online tools available for you to choose from when the time does come for you to do your resume and it may even help you to include the occasional infographic as well. When you are able to do this, you can then go on to get the best result out of your CV and it can work wonders for your publicity as well. Don’t afraid to reach out to a specialist for advice!
Search Unconventional Sites
If you don’t know where you want to work then you need to do some searching. You may think that the popular job sites out there are the way to go and this may be the case, but these sites will often come with their fair share of competition. If you want to avoid this then one thing that you can do is try and search sites that aren’t as popular. You may also want to go for job sites that only cater to specific industries as well, as this can work wonders for your search.
Think Outside the Box
Think about it, are there other countries where your skills may be of use? Would you be able to make more money by moving to another country? If so then why not consider it as an option. There are so many immigration solicitors out there who will be able to help you with this and they can give you all of the support you need to make those first crucial steps.
Do you know someone who has the job you want? All you have to do is ask! Obviously not in a “I’m going to steal your job” kind of creepy way, but with a genuine interest! I enjoy helping others get into medicine if that’s what they really want to do. Having a mentor in the area you want to work towards can really help shortcut the process. They will have connections and ideas for things you can do to rapidly speed up your progress. Find a mentor and follow their advice.
The other side of this is about socialising in the right circles. Go to events at work even if you don’t feel like it and make your presence known. If you’ve ever noticed that others are being passed up for promotion before you, and you know you’re good at your job, it’s possible that you are being overlooked due to this factor.
It’s a sad fact that this has to happen to be promoted, but managers like to employ people they see themselves getting on with and who they know gets on well with other people.
I was told that in order to land a job as a consultant, the interviewing panel had to feel that they could work with me for many years. If I had a social life and something in common with them, I would be far more likely to be picked. Whether you agree with this or not is another story. You don’t have to be bffs, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to get involved.
Another thing that you can do to try and increase your own job prospects would be for you to get out there and do some training. At the end of the day, the more valuable you can make yourself the better, as this is a great way for you to make the most out of the application process. If you know that you could be more appealing as an employee by learning how to use a specific software then don’t be afraid to do this, and also don’t be afraid to go that extra mile when it comes to getting another qualification. The employer will see that you are dedicated and you will know deep down that you did everything you could to get the job of your dreams.
So there are so many things that you can do to try and get the job of your dreams, and the above tips are all great if you want to try and get a higher paying job as well so you can easily further your own financial potential.
The bottom line is, whatever you want to do requires that you put a plan in place to make it happen – because where there is a will there is a way!
I hope you enjoyed this post and found it useful. Making more money is only one side of the story. What you DO with the money is what also counts. Working on how you spend money and cutting back on things that are “wants” rather than “needs” is a good place to start >>>>>> try this *free* “where to find savings checklist”.
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