Time to be PROACTIVE about career change

If you are unhappy at work, (or thinking about returning to work after a break), it is easy to drift along until forced into action by a crisis. As it can take about twelve months to make a career change, it is important to start the process long before you reach breaking point. Knowing that you have an escape route planned often makes an unsatisfactory work situation more bearable!

Work & Beyond clients have proved that is still possible to make a career/job change, even in a tricky economic climate. Over the past two years, almost 90% of those wanting a career change have moved jobs or started voluntary work, with the rest remaining in their original roles and still looking.


Change will only happen if you are PROACTIVE and start the process yourself.

Prioritize the factors that influence your career satisfaction. The Institute of Leadership & Management survey indicates that over one third (375) of workers plan to move jobs in 2015. The major reason for moving was’ increased opportunity for progression (59%), closely followed by better pay and a more interesting job’.

Research potential careers/opportunities via the National Careers Service Job Profiles, job search websites, specific company websites, newspapers etc. 

Organize an appointment with a Registered Guidance Practitioner to help clarify your deas, gain focus, make realistic informed decisions, and plan the most effective route forward

Action planning and setting realistic goals helps you keep on track, this is often easier with someone to support you 

Check that your CV is up to date and suits your chosen career path

Take initiative, the vast majority of new jobs are found through contacts and networking rather than formal sources 

IT skills are essential for booth job search and within  the vast majority of jobs. If necessary, arrange to go on a course 

Voluntary work and/or vocational qualifications will often improve your prospects

Evaluate your progress regularly and don’t give up, you will get there eventually !


This is a good time of year to start the process, as generally, there is an increase in available jobs in the spring. This is reinforced by the recent Office for National Statistics (ONS) report showing that the UK now  has ‘ the highest rate  (73.3%) of people in work since records began in 1971. Also the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in February  is at its lowest level since 2008’.

Additionally average pay including bonuses was also up by 2.1% on an annual basis and the number of people out of work in the UK fell by 97,000 to 1.86m in the quarter September to December 2014.’

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