Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Pursuing a career change without retraining

People often say to me that they would like to change career but they can’t afford the cost or time of retraining.  Perhaps they have already invested a lot of time and money in their career or they have other financial commitments which take priority such as looking after their family.  They therefore assume that a career change will not be possible.

Does a career change always involve retraining?

It is important not to make any assumptions as a career change does not always involve retraining.  There are many alternative routes into different careers paths and so it is important not to dismiss the idea of a career change without doing some investigations first.  Here are some suggested steps to help you:

1.     Research your chosen profession/industry thoroughly

2.     Identify your transferable skills – you may already have many skills required for the job.  Start making connections between what you can do and what you want to do.

3.     Talk to people within your chosen profession/industry – find out about the various entry routes and whether a qualification is necessary.

4.     You can even seek the help of a career coach!

If you discover that you do require a qualification, ensure you do some work experience to confirm your interest in the area prior to making any financial commitment.  Alternatively, investigate complementary careers for which retraining will not be necessary.

If you discover you don’t require a qualification, keep networking and applying for jobs!  A door will open for you.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Tessa,

    It's great that you have highlighted that high levels of career re-training are not necessarily always needed. As a career coach, you'd probably help people realise their lesser-known career strengths - which could enable them to change career direction successfully without the need for a lot of re-training.