To say that the last fifteen months have been challenging would be something of an understatement. While some larger corporations took the pandemic in its stride, there were undoubtedly others who fell to its hands. With this came a record number of redundancies and layoffs across the world. It was not easy on anyone.
At the same time, various industries took a significant hit, with some beginning to rebuild from these effects as we speak. For some people, a career change during such a tumultuous and unprecedented time might appear the last thing to be considered, but that is further from the case.
With an estimated forty percent of employees expressing an interest in looking at a career change in a post-pandemic world, there is no doubt some people reading this and beyond who are in that exact position.
Suppose that person is you. You might be wondering what factors you need to consider before leaving your current job for new pastures. You have found yourself in the right place at the right time; detailed below are some of the things you should consider. Whether you intend to move elsewhere in your current industry or changing sectors entirely, we feel confident you will find something of value below.
Know Where You Want to Go
Swapping between industries and jobs is not easy and takes a great deal of preparation. Rather than floating aimlessly between your jobs, it is best to know what you want to do and where you want to go next in your career path.
Ensuring you have done a certain amount of research before making a decision is essential to your overall progress and transition from one job to the next. Establish what career paths interest you and what you might have to do to get there.
Question whether you have any skills at present that are required for those jobs, or whether you would need to attend a course to gain them. Reflect on your skill sets and make a note of anything that you will need to learn. This takes us to the following point.
Attend Relevant Courses
There may come a point where you need to attend a course to be qualified for the new career path you are chasing. While many careers have transferable skills that can be used in various job roles, it is always worth recognizing others that are more specific in what they expect of applicants and employees.
Businesses are made up of different components that work in tandem with one another to get the job done. While that is very well the case, each role requires other skills and understanding; it is not a one-size-fits-all process. You could benefit from a facilities management course if you find you are branching into this aspect of the business world and proactively learning the necessary skills.
Learning the skills needed for your new employment will give you the best possible foundation to work from. Naturally, different factors influence the decisions behind pursuing a new career, which goes beyond the parameters of the on-the-job aspects of your job.
Consider the Benefits
Employment contracts up and down the country offer employees a wide range of company benefits. A lot of the time, these benefits draw in the applicants while also retaining members of staff. Explore the benefit options that are offered to you in your new line of work and negotiate anything you feel can be improved upon.
There is nothing wrong with asking about the company benefits and what is available, nor with asking for something to be changed. Mainly if you are overqualified for a job role or have been sought out to undertake this role, the company in question will cherish you and your abilities and want to keep you around.
While we recognize that employee benefits will undoubtedly be a contributing factor when deciding to change careers, it is not the be-all and end-all.
Explore Company and Personal Growth Opportunities
Knowing what your career progression will be when starting a new job is critical. It will give you a better idea of where your trajectory is heading and what you will need to do to reach these new heights. At the same time, you will want to assess the company growth alongside that of your personal growth and establish whether it would be the best match.
After all, when exploring a new career path or industry, you do not want to face an employment plateau, where you are restricted in how far you can go. Make a conscious effort to explore the growth opportunities available to you in your new career and determine a definitive path which you would like to loosely follow moving forward.
While this piece details some of the factors to consider when contemplating a career change in the post-pandemic world, we hope it has shed some light on the topic, and you are leaving us with a better idea of what you will need to do moving forward.
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