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1/6/2016 10:00:00 AM

New Year – New Career?

New Year is often a time when we’re bursting with motivation and promises to make the coming year the best one yet. A recent survey found that career changes feature quite high on people’s agenda for 2016. It is expected that over 7 million workers will resolve to find a new job in the new year. Will you be one of those 7m?
 
The Christmas break gives you time to think about what you want to achieve in the year ahead, but once it gets to mid-January, it’s make or break point. The Journal of Clinical Psychology found that only 8% percent of people are successful in achieving their resolutions, so to help you keep your New Year promises, our recruitment experts have put together a few tips to get you on track for success in 2016.  
 
Research
 
Before you commit to making a drastic career change, make sure you spend lots of time researching. Talk to people who are in the industry or job role you are interested in, get their perspectives on what the job is really like and think about whether it matches your expectations and needs. Sian Williams from our specialist division said:
 
Network with people already employed in your chosen sector, approach those you know for a chat over coffee so you can get a clear understanding of what a career in that particular industry entails. This will help you to refine your ideas and decide on exactly the type of role you want”.
 
Do a Career Evaluation
 
If having done your research you are certain you want to change career, the next step is to sit down and think about your own personal career, skills and future objectives. Evaluate what is making you happy and what is making you unhappy in your current career. Write down any key achievements to date, as well as things you’d like to achieve in future. Then consider your skill set in relation to the career you want, are there any gaps? Research what salary you can expect for the type of positions you’ll be applying for.
 
Supertemps Business Development Director, Steve Griffiths recommends planning ahead:
 
Having a clear picture of where you are now and where you want to be, will help you plan your next steps. If you want to change career, then consider your strategy. Without a clear plan, you may well forget your New Year career resolutions by the end of January and find you’re still stuck in an unhappy position when 2017 comes around”.
 
Get Support
 
Having people to offer encouragement, advice and constructive criticism can make a real difference in whether you achieve your goals or not. Make a list of people who can support you, as well as the roles you want them to play. It is always good to have someone to keep you accountable for your actions and focused on your next steps. Making a big career change isn’t always easy, so be prepared for setbacks.
 
With a good support network and a clear plan of action you’ll be able to overcome any challenges you face and achieve your career goals in 2016. If you want some advice on your CV or more information on how to make a change, our consultants are always on hand for a friendly chat. 

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