Planning a career change

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There's a range of factors that will probably be running through the minds of those considering a complete change in career paths.

Do you have the transferrable skills to apply to your new desired field? Do you have the capacity to learn a new trade? Would you be willing to relocate? Each of these areas can affect the decision, sometimes even swaying people not to take that leap of faith into a new field of work.

This blog brings you advice on how to prepare for these obstacles, and what you can do in the meantime to reduce any insecurities or reservations you may have when considering a new career path. Because now is as good a time as ever to take on a new challenge!

Transferrable skills

Unbeknown to a lot of individuals looking to take a drastic change in careers, there are a lot of skills that you'll have gained in your previous careers. These can then be transferred to almost any job. Tom and Jen each have their own stories about how they transitioned from a from a health club manager to a mortgage consultant, and from a science teacher to a PMO analyst, which proves how vast the options in your career path are.

Most organisations don't only look for relevant experience, they look for transferrable skills such as excellent communication, both written and verbal, working as a team player and solving problems. There'll be a whole host of skills you'll have acquired from previous experience that you can transfer to your new desired role that you should showcase in your application.

Learning

We often doubt our capability to learn a new trade or skill. Age can be a reserving factor, but we want to assure you that this can also be a propelling factor. It’s never too late to educate yourself in new areas of expertise and show your willingness to learn no matter what your age.

“ Immerse yourself in the industry of your choice. ”

Keeping up with industry news can be as simple as following the correct Twitter accounts, scrolling the headlines, reading related blogs and articles. The more you read the more you will learn. It truly will feel empowering and exciting, and will prepare you for your new role.

Would you be prepared to relocate or work from home?

You may be faced with the decision of relocating or maybe the option of working from home in your new field. You should ask yourself the question, would you would be willing to make that change.

You may have other goals in life that you are looking to fit around your new career, so it’s important that you grasp the right opportunities to help you achieve these goals.

People

If you’re worried about what a new type of work may bring to your life then talk these concerns through with real people. What better way to find out about the ins and outs of a career path than talking to someone who has travelled that road and knows first-hand what you could expect to experience?

Find the people and roles that relate to you within our employee blogs. Here you’ll be able to get a greater understanding of how you can make the move into a new career and find the support and guidance with the right career, the right employer and the right people around you.

Apply

You might have more relevant skills than you thought. Most jobs will see us using a variety of different skills, from IT skills, management experience or customer care. It’s just a matter of evaluating these skills and seeing how you could apply them to a new role. Read job specifications to get a feel for what’s needed from you and tailor your CV accordingly.

The next crucial step you’ll need to make is to apply. Making a career change can be daunting, but here at Nationwide we’ve seen many take the leap and with our help, gained the support and training they need to thrive in their role and progress even further.

You can take a look at our careers here, and start on your new path.