Career Change Ideas

If you are looking for career change ideas, much depends on your own preferences, skills and willingness to retrain. And of course, it depends on how much money you need to earn or in some cases, how much you have to invest in study or training.

The first step is to decide what sort of changes you want in your new career. Do you want to travel, use existing skills or learn new ones? Have you been stuck inside an office for most of your working life and now want a job which gets you out and about or puts you into a completely different environment, such as a hospital or school or a location outdoors?

Have you been teaching all your life and want a break? Perhaps you’d like a job which involves writing or painting or working with machines or information rather than with people. Or if you’ve been behind a computer for all of your working life, you might want to get out there and work face to face with kids or adults.

If you enjoy working with people, here are some suggestions which could be good career change ideas for you:

Teaching English abroad is a popular choice for people who want to do something interesting and different, as this gives you the opportunity to travel. You do need initial training, preferably an accredited TEFL certificate and although the pay isn’t great, you could spend a few years travelling to different parts of the world. It’s a great way to travel if you need to work to pay your way.

Working at summer camps or after school activities for children. With more parents having or choosing to work, many children and young people are actively engaged in out of school activities, whether after school or during holidays.

Care for elderly people is a growth area as more of us are living to a much greater age. However, this does not only mean working in care homes with those who are infirm, it also could mean helping older people to stay healthy, keep occupied in retirement and make money to support the pensions shortfall. So it may be possible to use your existing skills to create services for this growing group of the population.

Career change ideas often involve the need to retrain, but nowadays everyone has to keep up to date with developments in their profession. So training is part of life.

However, a whole new career can involve considerable investment in training. The good news is that there are now numerous ways in which you can get those needed qualifications, including online learning, part time courses and evening classes.

You can learn all sorts of things, like computer programming, web design, how to build mobile apps, without ever leaving home. So if technology interests you, it’s a definite possibility and something you can learn while staying in your current job.

In fact, you can acquire a huge number of new skills online, often for no or little cost.

But skills alone aren’t enough and so you’ll have to get out there and get some experience.

Volunteering is a great way to do this and can be done in your spare time. It’s also a great way to find out if you’d enjoy a particular career. Of course, many careers can’t be experienced directly by volunteering, especially before you’ve done the required training, but volunteering in an environment where you’ll get a bird’s eye view of your potential new career will teach you a lot.

So you might do a few shifts as an orderly in a hospital to get the opportunity to see doctors and nurses at work and to talk to them about their jobs.


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