When it comes to finding the perfect career, many people compare it to dating. What is dating, if not a series of personal interviews? And regardless of how many frogs we kiss, ultimately, we’re all looking for the one that makes us happy every day.
We wouldn’t stay in a poisonous relationship, so why do people tolerate it when it comes to their job when in many cases, we spend more time at work than we do with our own loved ones. When you look at it like this, it’s surprising that so many people are willing to waste years of their life being overworked, unappreciated, underpaid and most importantly, unhappy. One toxic trend that we see amongst job seekers is ‘sticking to what they know’ when they know deep down that a job similar to one, they are leaving is only going to see history repeat itself.
It’s easy to see why people do this, we all have bills to pay, children to feed, and previous experience means you can hit the floor running, however, what it also creates is a job-hopping culture, because although you’re paying the bills, you have no job satisfaction, you aren’t being challenged or supported and because of this it won’t be long before you’re moving on again? Which, let’s be honest, isn’t a desirable feature on any CV.
Ask yourself, can you ever indeed be successful if you aren’t passionate about what you do?
Here are 5 steps to making sure the next move you make is towards a happier future.
Figure out who you are!
Knowing what career is best for you starts by understanding your strengths, weaknesses, interests, hobbies and most importantly, what you don’t want. Once you’ve worked this out, you will be closer to finding a career you want to jump out of bed for. Here’s a guide that may help you with your decision;
Start with a dream
- If you’re creative, a problem-solver, analytical or even technically gifted; - You may suit a career in IT, Web design or Software Development.
- If you’re kind, caring, compassionate and patient; - You may find a career in Teaching Support is for you.
- If you’re an organised, efficient and positive perfectionist; - a career in Events Management might be your calling.
- Motivated, committed, active and approachable; - You may want to consider a career in the fitness industry.
When you were younger, did you ever dream of what you would grow up to be whether that was a footballer or scientist?
When was the last time you asked yourself this question?
Have a think, if the salary wasn’t an issue, what would you do? You may find that your dream career is closer and easier to achieve than you realise. As they say, if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life, so why would you waste more years when you could be 12 weeks away from a career you love!
Do your research
So, you know what you want to do, you now need to work out the best way to enter the industry. You may find that minimal experience is required and it’s as simple applying for available opportunities, however in some cases either previous experience or an industry desired certification may be required for consideration. The Training Room, for example, don’t only provide the training and qualifications you need; we also help you enter and remain in the industry by providing 3 years of unlimited interviews and career support to our graduates. When applying for roles, always remember to consider:
- The wider job role and not just the handful of bullet points listed on the job specification
- The national average salary for the role will help you identify whether the company respect their staff by paying them what they are worth
- Reviews left by previous customers and employees will help you better understand how they operate from a moral perspective both internally and as a business
- Their social media presence and online culture – many companies like to showcase staff events and employee recognition
Gaining this knowledge before you apply for the position will help you identify if this is the right move for you. You’ll either be driven to pursue the role further, or it will help you dodge a bullet, both outcomes are equally as useful, and as a leading UK career provider, we can help you every step of the way.
An interview works both ways
The prospect of interviews to many can be quite daunting, usually because they see this as a time when a potential future employer will put them under the microscope to establish if they are the best candidate for the role. However, there are many people who see this as their time to interview the business; they recognise that their time and what they are able to offer is valuable and they feel the business should equally be trying to convince them that they are the best choice of company to work for.
However you choose to view interviews ensure that you are prepared, research the history of the business and what they do, search role-specific questions you are likely to be asked during the interview process and make sure you have well-researched answers, equally take some time to consider things that you would like to know about the business, their progression policy, expectations and culture. You may even want to meet your future teammates and are well within your rights to request this before accepting an offer. After all, these will be the people you spend most of your day with. Any decision you make needs to be made for the right reasons, so carefully consider everything before accepting or declining any offers.
Can The Training Room help?
We consider ourselves to experts in career transition and have helped thousands of people move into new and exciting careers which they are passionate about. We can provide you with the relevant training and certification, followed by genuine career opportunities needed to change your profession.
Learn more about your journey to a career you’ll love …