As another new year rolls around, it’s time to start thinking about the changes you want to make to your life in 2024. It’s a good time for a fresh start, to make extraordinary things happen and change the course of your future; why not make that career change you have been wanting to do?
If you’ve been thinking about a career change for a while, why not make 2024 your year? But switching jobs is hard, especially if you’ve been in your current profession for a long time.
Here are some tips to motivate you to make the change and find the job of your dreams next year.
Identify your passion
What is it you want to do?
There’s no use in switching jobs for the sake of it, as you may end up in another joyless role. Work out precisely what you want to achieve with your life so you can start job hunting with focus.
Perhaps you want to work with animals or in the charity sector. Maybe you want to teach, run your own business, or start training as a lawyer.
Do some soul-searching and figure out what drives you.
You may not be an expert in your chosen field, and you will likely need some experience or qualifications in order to land a job.
You may need to return to university and get a degree, depending on your chosen career. Or you may need a specialist education such as primary teacher training. This will boost your CV and give potential employers an idea of your commitment and experience.
They say you should dress for the job you want, not the job you have. But this mindset supplies not just your dress sense but the way in which you live your life. You should do more than the bare minimum to stand out in your chosen field.
You should immerse yourself in this industry and do what you can to boost your experience and skill set. Suppose you want to become a marine biologist.
As well as gaining the necessary qualifications, you should devote your time to reading up on the subject, visiting marine wildlife institutions and learning from other experts in the field.
Find work experience
Some companies may not wish to hire an applicant with no practical professional experience. For this reason, it may not be possible to gain your chosen role right away.
You may have to start with an entry-level position or even an unpaid internship to get the needed experience. You may even find local volunteering opportunities to help you get a leg up and make important contacts.
Your CV will be more impressive once you apply for your dream job.
Once you have followed all the steps listed above, it’s time to start sending out your CV. Search online for companies in your field and find out if they have relevant vacancies.
Using career websites or recruitment agencies can also help to expand your options.
Before you go…
Embarking on a career change in 2024 is an exciting prospect. It’s a journey of self-discovery, learning, and growth.
Remember, changing careers is not just about finding a new job; it’s about finding a new path that aligns with your passions and aspirations.
Good luck on your journey towards a fulfilling professional life!
This is a collaborative article.