New Year, New Career

You've made it through January and what have you done to achieve your resolutions? You know the ones you make every year, “get fitter, get healthier, achieve my lifelong goals etc” but how about that new one you added this year, the new career resolution?...

Resolutions often focus on our physical health but it’s important to look after your mental wellbeing. What in your life causes your unnecessary stress or gets you down? If it’s your job maybe this is the year to evaluate the situation and think about something new. You spend a lot of hours working and commuting each week and let’s face it we’ll be spending many years working, it’s important that you enjoy career and it brings you some fulfilment.

How do you make a career change?

Decide what’s next?

Write down what’s important to you, what do you want from a career both professionally and personally. Use this criteria and review job adverts find out what skills and qualifications do these roles require. If possible find out if you can arrange to volunteer at an organisation or arrange a taster day to see if the career change is the right one for you. Speak to family and friends and see if they can help with this too.

What qualifications do you need?

Maths and English – many jobs will require GCSE level maths and English find out more information about studying for these qualifications.

Other qualifications - There are a number of resources available why not try out some free resources before enrolling onto a course. Have a go and see if the topic is off interest, there are plenty of videos online to learn coding, CAD, and design software or how about learning the basics of accounting and accounting software! Look for lessons on You Tube before taking the plunge and enrolling on a course. There are plenty of online courses available that allow you to learn at your own pace and fit learning around other commitments in your life. There are opportunities for you to practice your new skills and build up a portfolio of work once you’ve finished learning Offer your new skills to family and friends and volunteer for local projects and companies to build contacts and experience, this will be useful when competing for a role in your new chosen sector.


Starting a new career may come with new finances to consider. Here a few tips to think about:

  •  If you enrol on a course you may be eligible for a student discount card offering discounts on a number of goods or services.
  •  Consider learning on the job in an apprenticeship and get paid whilst working
  • Save and make a plan before jumping into a new career – save as much as possible to give yourself a buffer if you think you may take an initial pay cut when starting in a new industry or career.
  •   Learn whilst working in your current role and build up experience in your free time so that you can enter a new career in a non-entry level position.

A new career doesn’t always have to mean a drastic change, changing sectors or industries can have a major impact on your duties and responsibilities in a role. For example working as a production manager in manufacturing you will have many of the skills needed in logistics, engineering or construction and could apply these skills to a job as a project manager within one of these sectors. By changing sector your day to day could change from working at one location on one product to working on site and traveling, managing projects of different scales and working with a variety of people.

Find out more information and read our ultimate guide to getting a new job with information on training, CV writing, interview tips, job guides, salary expectations and companies in Essex. 

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