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5 top tips to change your career prospects

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Feeling burned out or bored with your career? It sounds like you could be in a career rut and it may be time to get out and change! Although that can sound simple enough, it’s a big step to make in your life. It’s common to worry about leaving your old career behind, apprehensive about the unknown and even scared about whether now is the right time to make a change.

Women lack self-confidence, so what’s important is that you stay positive, simplify things and look forward to the opportunities that could lie ahead.

To help you prepare for changing your career, we’ve pulled together our top 5 tips below:

  1. Find your purpose – Take some time to work out what you really want to get out of your next career. Do you want a higher salary, a better work life balance, more company perks, or increased responsibility perhaps? Working this out now will help make sure that your next move is the right move.
  2. Do your research – Once you’ve decided on a new career, spend some time researching the ins and outs of the particular industry, so you’ll know what to expect. Start by looking at areas such as average salaries, skill requirements and industry trends.
  3. Improve your knowledge – Although you have transferable skills that will be relevant to your new career, you may find that you have a skills gap. To develop your knowledge in these areas, you could take a course in your local area, or consider signing up to an online course, which can easily fit around your existing commitments.
  4. Get experience – It can be difficult starting a brand new career without experience. Look to see if there are any volunteering opportunities or work experience placements available. This can really help you to get a better feel for the career itself and it can be something positive to put on your CV, to help you stand out from other job applicants.
  5. Connect with people – To help you through this transition period, it can be useful to speak with people who are already in the industry. Attend networking events where you can get insight from people who have years of experience in the field. You may also want to consider finding a mentor. A mentor can be great for sharing knowledge, giving tips, offering advice, suggesting industry contacts and they may even know of some relevant job vacancies that you could apply for.

We hope you’ve found this guide helpful and good luck in your future career change!

Do you have any more tips to add to this list? Let us know in the comment box below…

About Elizabeth Harmon

Elizabeth Harmon is a writer for Open Colleges, one of Australia’s leading online education providers. She is a Social Media Consultant with a number of years’ experience in the field. She has worked with a growing list of clients around the world, helping to build successful social media strategies, create effective content and much more. Twitter: https://twitter.com/Liz_Harmon Google+: https://plus.google.com/+opencolleges Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OpenColleges/?fref=ts Website: www.opencolleges.edu.au/careers

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