Now and again, we can get comfortable, and life can become a little monotonous. We do the same things and see the same people on a daily basis. It’s good to challenge yourself and to broaden your horizons. As the New Year approaches, it’s an ideal time to start thinking about making changes and shaking your daily routine up a bit. For some people, a change of career could be just what the doctor ordered.
Are you ready to change your job?
Some people love their jobs. Others grin and bear it solely to put food on the table and cover bills. If the latter sounds familiar, why not try and find a job that interests you or indulges a passion? We spend the majority of our time at work, so it’s hugely important to do something you enjoy. You’re never going to find a role that provides you with unbridled joy each and every day. However, you also shouldn’t have to dread going to work every morning.
Are you doing a job you never really expected to be doing or have you taken a position on a temporary basis until you find something more appealing or relevant to your skill set? If so, don’t waste any more time putting off your pursuit of that dream job. Make this the year you either try and secure that role, or you take major steps towards your goal. Even if you have to go back and study, do extra courses or work for nothing for a while, it will all be worthwhile in the long-run. You’ll be working for many years to come, so think of it a short-term pain for long-term gain.
You may also be ready to change your career if you’re struggling to find a balance between life and work. Are you spending all your time at work? Is life passing you by? Are you worried about not spending enough time with your children or neglecting your family and friends? We all need time and space. Life should not consist of work and work alone.
What kind of job do you want?
This is one of hardest questions to answer. You can get to your 40’s and 50’s and still not have the answer. Unless you have a vocation, it can be very difficult to pinpoint what you want to do. If you’re unsure, read up on different careers, and try and organise some placements. Volunteering can also be a really valuable use of your time. Not only are you helping people in need. You can also learn a lot about yourself, and you may decide that helping others is something you enjoy. If you have hobbies or passions, try and think about jobs that are associated with them. In some cases, it’s even possible to turn a hobby into a career. Look at people who have turned a blog into a business or those who have started companies making crafts or selling cakes.
Tips for finding a new job
Life is often not as simple as deciding upon a change of career, and then getting a new job straight away. It can take time to find a position that sounds appealing, and there’s no guarantee that you’ll get a new job at the first time of asking. Before you start applying for jobs, make sure you revise and update your CV. Tailor it to suit the role, and highlight your strengths. A good CV should be informative, but concise. Employers only take a couple of minutes to flick through, so don’t submit pages and pages of text.
The Internet is a really valuable resource for job hunters. You can find adverts by using search engines, and you can upload your CV to recruitment websites. If you know what job you want, narrow down your search results by using key terms such as nursing jobs. You’ll also find tips to help you with interviews and cover letter and CV templates, and the latest internship and work placement opportunities.
If you’re looking for a job in your local area, it’s also a good idea to search the classified sections of the newspapers. If you have a specific industry in mind, it may also be helpful to look for vacancies in related publications.
Do you find the working day mundane? Are you tired of doing the same thing? Do you have aspirations that you’re keen to fulfil? If so, why not consider getting a new job for the New Year? If you’re looking for a new challenge, a change of career could be just the ticket.