Changing Careers and Future Proofing Your Working Life for 2018

We have recently come across some research from CareerBuilder that states the top New Year’s resolution for many people is to get a new job and take that next step in their career; while this is something we have always known in the recruitment team here at aspire cambridge as we get inundated with new candidates, we weren’t aware of just how high the percentages were for people looking for a new job in the new year.

In 2015 CareerBuilder found that 21% of people wanted to leave their job in 2016, meanwhile a more recent piece of research from Standard Life and Research Now had found 54% of British people want to change career, with a rise to 73% for workers aged between 24 and 34 years old.

While the New Year is a great time to set goals, it is also one of the best times to search for a new job and this is down to two reasons;

  1. The job market winds down towards the end of the year and picks up again in the New Year
  2. There is something known as ‘the fresh start effect’ and research shows that tying a career goal to a certain date or landmark will mean you are far more likely to achieve the goal.

There are two main types of job hunting and while the advice is roughly the same for both job hunts, it is good to be aware of the different types;

  1. Just a New Job

This is often the case when people start work with a business and stay longer than planned, but slowly realise they want a change, they want to take the next step on the career ladder but there is no room at the current company, they want more money or they don’t get on with their colleagues or boss.

  1. Change Careers or Sector

This is a harder type of job hunt but it doesn’t mean it isn’t a good thing to do; due to the economy doing well and high numbers of staff leaving for new jobs and new companies, businesses will start looking to take chances on people with less conventional backgrounds.

If you are looking for a career or sector change then areas like nursing, marketing, sales and IT are popular areas with lots of jobs available; businesses will always need sales and marketing people along with finance and operations employees so these can be job roles you can do in any sector.

There is a strong demand for employees in the IT sector but it is a constant race to keep up with the latest developments while ensuring your skills are up to date as this is a continuously changing industry.

If you have decided that 2018 will bring a new career for you then it is important to note this will not be entirely straightforward so take the time to think about your interests, what you’re really good at and what it is that gets you up in the morning. Consider why you want to leave your current job; is it because of your job role, the company or your boss?

Next you need to think about your transferable skills which are skills you have built up over your existing and previous jobs and will be useful in your next job. It is a really good idea to consider these things before you start searching for your next job because this means you won’t just jump on the ‘next shiny thing’, but instead find a job role and career that you will enjoy and excel in.

There are so many job sites out there that you can often find you are one of hundreds of candidates applying for the same role so take the time to seek out a recruitment agency you would like to work with and they can present you to their clients that will best suit your needs and wants from your career change.

Also look at the companies and people you would like to work for instead of the job you’d like; make the effort to use social media sites like LinkedIn, go to events and seminars in that industry and meet people face-to-face; they’ll soon realise how keen and passionate you are about working in that sector or industry. Research shows that 75% of jobs aren’t advertised so who knows what job the next person you meet could be hiding.

Whether you are looking to change careers or hunting for a new job can be time consuming so take the time to present yourself as best as possible to ensure they think you could be the number one candidate for their business and job role.