Change can be a scary thing, but it can also be hugely rewarding – especially when it’s your career that you’re changing.
A number of questions fly through your mind when thinking about a career change. What if I make the wrong choice? What if I’m not up to the challenge? What if I’m as unhappy in my new job as I am in my current one?
There’s no set process to answer these questions – every person and every situation will be different – but there are some helpful hints you can follow to make sure you’re making the right move.
Ditch the sense of shame
First things first: if you feel like you’re unhappy at work and want to make a change, admit it to yourself.
It’s tempting to just stick with your current path: sure, it’s not working, but it’s a known quantity and it’s relatively risk-free. Plus, there’s no sense of failure and no feeling of shame.
Both can be powerful emotions when you’re considering changing careers, but they shouldn’t be. When people leave education and start in the working world, many are simply desperate to get a job – any job!
This means that they don’t arrive at a career, just a job they need right there and then. As the years go by and financial pressures mount up, these quick jobs end up as long-term careers, and some simply aren’t satisfying.
Changing that isn’t an admission of failure, it’s a recognition that you’re able to do something else and achieve something more than you have at the moment.
If anything, it’s an accomplishment, and that’s how you should it. You’re taking charge of your life again!
Work out why you’re unhappy
Once you’ve decided to change career, the first step isn’t to look forward at your new career, but look back and understand what’s making you unhappy in your current role.
There can be a number of reasons. Some people are bored and unchallenged. Others have found a new passion that they’d like to turn into a career. Others still are feeling demotivated or undervalued in their current industry.
Don’t be too hasty in considering your reason. It’s important to genuinely think about the issues you’re having and come to a clear and logical conclusion about them.
By taking this bit of time, you can be sure that your desire to change isn’t driven by a bad day or frustrating colleague – it’s not just a flash in the pan that’ll fade when you have time to think about it.
You can identify a pattern, work out where things have gone wrong and – most important – understand where you want to go next and what you want to achieve.
Look at the jobs in your chosen field
Once you know the direction you want to go in, get to grips with the jobs available in it.
This could be a crucial part of your decision-making. You may find that there’s a clear role you’d like to fill; if there is (and if you’re qualified for it) your path to a new career will be relatively straight-forward.
However, instances like these are few and far between. More often than not, people looking for a new career will need to re-skill or gain extra qualifications to move forward in their new direction.
Looking at jobs will help you understand where your strength lie and the areas you need to improve upon to make you the kind of candidates employers in your new career won’t be able to resist.
Seek out the relevant training
If you need additional skills, training is an important avenue for you to take. However, it can add further complication to the process – as well as extra stress.
There are financial stresses to consider as training courses often come with a cost, as well as the logistical issues of finding the necessary space in your schedule. Training courses take time, and that can be at a premium when you’re already in employment.
Then there are questions about the quality of the course and the results it will deliver. Are you getting the best possible quality and will you get what you want out of it?
Skills don’t necessary mean interviews and offers. If you go through the whole process of reskilling, you want to know that all that time, effort and money will result in an actual job at the end of it all.
So how can you get it?
The Code Nation Master Course
Our Master Course has been set up with a range of people in mind. It’s not just for school leavers looking for an alternative to college or university, but for anyone of any age who’s interested in coding.
If you’re considering a career change and have ever thought about software development or coding as a potential career path, the Master Course will be hugely beneficial to you.
Our approach helps solve some of the stresses involved with changing career because it’s designed to make you ready for work. This means that we don’t just deal in theory; we help students get to grips with projects by giving them actual hands-on experience.
We also teach personal and commercial skills, such as mindfulness, self-awareness and working with tools like Kanban boards (which business around the country use day-in-day-out).
More importantly, we have a pool of partner businesses who we call our ‘Pledgers’. They’re named this because they pledge to interview for a job each and every student who completes the Master Course.
We even make sure you’re prepared for this interview with in-depth coaching that’ll help you put across the best version of yourself. In other words, it’s a full 360 educational experience designed to get you into that career you’ve always wanted.
Research, reflect and reskill.
These are just a handful of the things you need to consider when thinking about changing careers. There are many more beyond this list, but don’t let that intimidate you.
Finding a new path in life is undoubtedly a challenge, but one that can lead to the kind of satisfaction you may feel is lacking at the moment.
You can find out more about Code Nation by getting in touch with us today!
Call: 0333 050 4570