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By Alexia Wolker

Is it actually time you started to seek out better and brighter career options? Do you feel overworked and underpaid in your present job: or maybe just bored under-utilized? Changing careers requires a good deal of thought guidance, so many of us procrastinate for years. However, nobody needs to put up with years of workplace misery; with effort and consistency you can succeed in a new job.

Ineffective management or worries about job cuts concern many new career seekers. Think carefully about everything in your current position that’s making you unhappy. Whatever those things are, you don’t want to repeat them. Then balance that out with all the things that are crucial for you to have if you change career.

Today’s job changers come from all walks of life and age groups. It’s thought that the younger generation will have seven different careers on average throughout their working lives. In the current economic climate, we need a flexible, open-minded approach to the employment marketplace. A certain amount of re-training must be viewed as an essential. We could be in our need to re-train again as the retirement age could well reach the early seventies.

With the prospect of this longer working life, it makes sense to think carefully about any move you might like to make. Progressing comfortably in one new career environment can be much easier to handle than several changes every few years. Bearing that in mind, what are the key factors to look out for in this next job move?

The first consideration is without a doubt demand. You might have toyed with the idea of extending a long-term interest into a profession you could get paid for. That in itself isn’t enough though; there must equally be a real need for that role in your location. That doesn’t mean you cannot follow your passion. Though ensure that your head rules your heart, and be sure there is without a doubt sufficient demand before you give it your all.

In a number of cases, only a relatively insignificant amount of trained workers is needed throughout the whole industry. Will there be a call for your new skill-sets if you train in something very specific? In addition various industries are faring well at the moment, nevertheless others are slowly falling apart . . . recognize the difference. With much less manufacturing and more service industries in the British Isles right now, institutions place a high value on an ability to deal well with others.

It’s well worth while improving your PC office skills when embarking on a new job. For the most part employers expect competency here. Anybody considering working for themselves might equally think about learning more about basic accounting or bookkeeping. Moreover, that think about how successful your communication skill sets are . . . could you do with certain information on this subject? To be sure it’s generally very difficult to know for sure whether the job you opt for will have longevity.

Online learning makes it easy to choose a convenient time and place for learning, like your own pace. There are many websites for online education. Thanks to online education, students of courses can effectively and cheaply learn. I study literature and will be honest and say that I haven’t enough time to read all the books I have available. The good way to find some other understanding of the book’s idea than your own is to read summaries of books on

Write down all the positive factors you’d like to experience in your perfect job. Everyone prioritizes these things differently, but your list might well include: company perks, being acknowledged for your efforts, job progression opportunities, good management and a certain amount of fun, flexibility and variety.

Finally, your target salary must be taken into consideration. What level of earnings do you require? Any position whose net income cannot keep up with your overheads is without a doubt unlikely to prove satisfactory long-term. Yet you may need to accept a small income reduction in the early years of your new job; not in most cases too much of a challenge as long as it cranks up steadily to your desired income level within 5 years.

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