Fancy A Career Change? Here’s Three Tips To Help Get You Started

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While it is an unstable and uncertain time economically, and in the world generally at this moment in time, if you are currently unhappy in your job and professional life, you shouldn’t let this stand in the way of a career change.

No matter what you might think, and no matter what stage you are at in your life, whether that be twenty-five or forty-five, it is never too late to shake things up professionally. And if you need proof and motivation, look at all the success stories out there of both men and women who have found great success in life thanks to a change in career. A great example is JK Rowling, who famously started writing Harry Potter on a napkin in a cafe after being turned down by 12 publishers.

While it most definitely can be scary and overwhelming, a change like this could make your life better in a way that you might not even be able to imagine right now, and if the recent pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that life is too short to not go after what you want. Here are three tips to get you started down the path to a career change.

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Make sure you actually want a career change

When people hate their jobs and are dissatisfied, more often than not, it is the people that they work with, as well as the environment, that contributes to unhappiness rather than the actual field itself. Before you go off making any rash and drastic life decisions, really take the time to think about whether you actually want to change your entire career or just the job you are in right now – maybe you are down the right path, but simply in the wrong job. Even if you hate the job, maybe the industry is still a good fit and one that would interest you if you maybe had a slightly different position that was a better fit. Take the time and do some research into what other positions are out there that link to your current field and consider them first. 

Upskill 

With all of us spending more time at home, now is the perfect time to make use of any extra time that you have and invest it in yourself by taking up less-traditional ways of gaining experience to make the significant career change you want. Understand yourself, and get familiar with, your new chosen field, and do some research first. Look up job boards, like this pediatrics career search site, and look at what experience and skills are needed to be considered. Once you are armed with knowledge on the skills and qualifications that are required, you can look up online courses, and even degrees, that you can do either full time or in your spare time on evenings and weekends. Not only do you get to gain more skills and qualifications, guaranteeing that you will be seen as a more desirable candidate, but it also gives you a chance to make sure you like the career path that you are choosing to go down and make sure you still want to follow it. Even if you don’t require any official qualifications, it never hurts to upskill to broaden your opportunities. 

Take care of your finances 

With any big life change, it’s essential to make sure that you are financially healthy first to ensure that you are ready for the change. If you are going to be starting a bit further down the ladder than your current position, you will need to accept that you will need to make some financial sacrifices, at least for now, and will need to give yourself time to create a financial plan and budget to be able to adapt to your new earnings. Learn about the salary structure and expectations of your new career as well, and what you can realistically expect to earn. Look at pay scales on the internet, do research and talk to people who are already in the field. Either way, you will need a very clear picture of both, and if finance isn’t your strongest area of expertise you can always talk to a professional for advice to get your money back on track, and of your mind, to allow you to focus on making the giant leap. 

 

 

 

Advice To Help You Succeed In Your Career

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Working takes up a lot of your time, so it makes sense you want to be doing a job you love. When you work in a gratifying role, it won’t feel like work, and you’ll look forward to heading into your job each day.

Even if you enjoy what you’re doing, there are no guarantees that you’ll succeed. It takes dedication, commitment, and a willingness to give it your all if you want to surpass the competition. The following advice will help you excel in your career so you can shine and put your best foot forward.

Set & Review Your Goals

Your first step is to take the initiative to set goals, so you know what you’re after in life. Commit to working hard to find a career path that is challenging and rewarding for you. Review your list of goals often to keep them top of mind and to remind yourself what you’re working toward. Don’t be afraid to make a career change based on what you find you’re most passionate about from a professional standpoint. Staying in a boring and dead-end job will likely cause you to feel unmotivated and may take a toll on your mental health.

Advance Your Skills & Knowledge

You should always be ready to learn if you want to succeed in your career. Do your homework and figure out what next steps you should be taking to advance your skills and knowledge. For example, if you work in dentistry, then you might want to develop your talents and take a teeth whitening training course to expand your client base and help people have a better and more beautiful smile. It’ll be a great addition to your skillset and your clinic.   

Communicate Well

Effective communication is essential to finding success in your career. You have to be able to flex and adapt to other people’s styles and not let your emotions get the best of you. With the advancements in technology, it’s essential you not only know how to hold an in-person conversation but write a well-composed email too. You have to be able to get your point across concisely, and clearly, so there is minimal confusion and back and forth between you and the other party. You not only need to know how to talk to your boss and coworkers but also clients, depending on your job role.

Never Give Up

Another piece of advice to help you succeed in your career is to never give up on yourself or trying and to stay mentally strong. For instance, you may lose your job one day, or someone else might get a promotion over you. You have to use these events to motivate you to try harder and keep powering through instead of giving up and giving in and assuming you’ll never be able to make it to the top. Learn from your mistakes and believe in yourself and focus on what’s in your control so you can continue to overcome professional obstacles and prove to yourself and others you have what it takes to succeed. 

 

 

Tips On Dealing With A Bad Boss

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We all go through periods in our life where we meet or work with people that we find difficult to get on with. You’re never going to impress or be friends with everyone, but it can be hard for you to manage to deal with someone that you don’t get on with. So here are some tips on dealing with a bad boss.

 

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Find The Reason Why They’re Unpleasant

There are some people that just enjoy being an unpleasant person, and if you find out that this is the case in terms of your boss, you may want to think about speaking to someone who could help tackle this or finding a new job. Learning from your past experiences is important, and you want to make sure that you avoid any future bad bosses during other points in your career. However, not every bad boss has the intention to be unpleasant.

There might be a reason as to why they treat you with distaste or have an attitude to anyone they deal with when it comes to the workplace. It’s a good idea for you to figure out what this might be because there might be a chance that you can work around this and help your bad boss becomes a good one. Of course, it’s not your responsibility to change this authoritative figure into someone who is nice to others, but if no one else is listening or doing anything about it, you can always attempt to sort out the problem yourself.

 

Don’t Let It Affect Your Mental Wellbeing

Your mental wellbeing and general health should always come first whether that’s in your work or in your personal one. When you’re dealing with someone who might constantly be picking you out to emotionally and verbally attack, or if they’re just putting you on edge, that’s not healthy. There should never be a time where you dread going into work. As much as we can rely on money to keep us going in life, that’s not the be-all and end all to living.

There are plenty of jobs available out there, and if you find that your mental health is taking a knock, it’s very important to put yourself first and either ask for it to change or leave. It’s good to fight your corner of course when it comes to possibly removing that person from the organization, but your health is certainly not worth sacrificing for some role that you can find elsewhere.

 

Speak To Someone

There may be a possibility where you can speak to someone, like the HR manager or a person within the business who has more overall authority than your boss. Any accusation of someone abusing their role or being a bully should always be flagged officially. If you ever find yourself in a vulnerable situation and where you’re not being supported by the company, you can always seek the help of employment solicitors. Never be afraid to speak up, no matter how little support you have. Voicing your concerns at least takes it from hearsay and rumours to something concrete and where action can be taken.

 

Identify The Triggers

With any boss, there’s going to be certain things that might rub them up the wrong way, and although you might not mean to do it, it happens. So think about all those scenarios where there’s been an unpleasant occasion and find out what the trigger was. If it’s something you couldn’t help, then it’s not up to you to try and fix it. Although, if there’s something that can be done or you have the opportunity to avoid it, then why not give it a go?

 

Act As The Leader

For some bosses, they might not be present at the most important times, and when there’s a lack of leadership in your team or for yourself, someone needs to take charge. If your position and other team allow it, having you as a back-up leader, might be just what you need. There might be times where your boss is trying to undermine you or question your decisions. In this case, you need to stand your ground and have confidence in yourself. Never let anyone make you feel unworthy of being in a role. Show them what you’re worth, and that could be what makes them turn into more of a pleasant leader.

 

Dealing with a bad boss is difficult, and it’s nothing you would want to wish on anyone else. So use these tips on dealing with a bad boss as best you can to improve the situation.

 

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