10 steps to switch careers

01 February 2019 by Rachel Whalley
Job Search Recruitment

Whether you are leaving a job you have been in for years, returning to work after a break or switching industries - the decision to take on a new career challenge is always daunting. There are many factors to consider, and uncertainties to face. So where do you start?

We are sharing Intelletec's 10 steps to help you make a career transition.

#1 Make a list of skills

Think about what you have learnt over the course of your career so far, and take stock of all the skills you have developed and accumulated throughout the roles you have undertaken. Remember to also think through your education and any volunteer work, and to include a range of "hard" and "soft" skills. For example, this could be Microsoft Suite, Organization, Training Employees, Public Speaking, etc.

#2 Make a list of qualifications

These are the things you know that you are great at, and are the qualities that you have that few others do. For example, a clear, concise communicator with the ability to listen, take feedback and suggestions into account to formulate actionable plans to meet the organization's quarterly objectives.

#3 Make a list of No's

Is there something in your current role, or a previous one that you hated doing? Make a list of things that you don't want from or at your next role, it will help narrow your search. For example, you may not like a middle management structure.

#4 Think about your absolutes

What is absolutely integral to either have or not have in your next role? These are your non-negotiables and will be the most important things for you. For example, I absolutely must be able to be the decision-maker.

#5 Think about what you need

Ask yourself what you need to the best version of you in the workplace. Think about the types of workplace environments you thrive in, for example, do you like to be lead, coached or motivated regularly or do you flourish in a collaborative environment?

#6 Workout your baseline income

When we switch jobs or careers, we often compare the salaries with what we are making in our current or last role. Before you get carried away with the offer, it's important to determine your true cost of living right now. Calculate your total cost of living, including monthly bills, food/entertainment costs, etc. This total should represent the minimum you could accept as a monthly income. Starting a new job without feeling financially secure can make the whole process more stressful than it needs to be, so make sure you have prepared your figures.

#7 Determine your best work schedule

When do you work the best - are you an early riser or not a morning? For example, look for jobs with flexible hours, or avoid positions that require you to be in the office before X. It will help narrow down your search.

#8 Work out your long term goals

This could be in terms of your career progression, financial or personal goals. When considering a role, think about whether or not this will get you closer to your long term goals. Try visualizing this or writing it down to help plot it out.

#9 Top 3 priorities

List out your top three priorities for your next role. For example:

  1. A company must have a strong social media plan and visibility

  2. The company must offer an excellent work/life balance

  3. I must be able to help drive new business and be client-facing

#10 Ask around

Talk with people you know and trust, especially those who are in your desired industry or role. Ask them about what you need to be able to do, or know in order to be successful there. Also, talk with your mentors or colleagues about your strengths, they can help you think of roles you may not be aware of and may mention things you hadn't recognized about yourself.

Doing all ten easy steps will leave you with a criteria for your job search, and will allow you to be clear about exactly what you do and do not want! Intelletec can help, get in touch today.