In the modern world, we’ve been conditioned to believe that there’s one career path to success. Yet, as we’ve seen in 2020, life can be unpredictable and career paths might not always turn out as planned. In 2021, career changes are becoming increasingly necessary and should be embraced, rather than feared.
The Benefits of a Career Change
We typically associate career changes with panic and instability, however, there are a number of benefits that come with making a change. The most common reason for switching careers is to feel fulfilled, as we tend to crave something new and different in our lives. A career change also allows for new challenges, offering a more engaging job with more satisfaction. It’s also a way to open yourself up to more opportunities and potential for career growth.
Of course, with any change comes challenges. The burden of finding a new job and financial uncertainty are two of the biggest challenges of making a career switch. Yet, there are a number of resources available to help make the transition easier. If you’re looking for a job, consider creating a resume aligned to your new role. Networking with professionals in your chosen industry can also be beneficial. Taking short courses and building an online portfolio can also be helpful in understanding the current industry standards and making yourself stand out to potential employers.
Another way to make a career switch easier is to upskill. Finding a course, class, workshop or seminar that can help you develop the skills you need can help you qualify for the desired role. If you’re looking for additional qualifications, universities offer courses specifically designed for those looking to upskill. Additionally, there are a number of free online resources available to learn different skills.
Know Your Worth
Once you’ve worked on gaining the skills for your new role, it’s important to remember to ask for the salary you deserve. Many employers are aware that those making a career switch can be desperate for the job and will take a lower salary. Don’t be afraid to negotiate for the best possible salary.
Making a career switch in 2021 can seem daunting and overwhelming, but it’s also an opportunity. Embrace the challenges, make use of available resources, upskill and remember to negotiate. You never know, the change might be just what you need.
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