Top 5 Jobs for a Career Change

Written by Calvin Bowers
Last updated September 3, 2020

Changing careers can seem a daunting prospect. However, being smart about your choices and considering your options carefully based on your interests and experience can make it a smooth and exciting process.

The sky is the limit when thinking about changing careers, however, we have compiled a list of the top 5 jobs to consider when thinking about making the switch:

1. Teacher

Being a teacher will allow you to feel like you are really making a difference. If you are an expert in a particular field, why not share your knowledge and expertise with the younger generation? There are many pathways and forms of support available when retraining to be a teacher including bursaries and scholarships. Schemes like these make the switch that little bit easier when considering financial commitments.

2. Software Developer

This profession is in extremely high demand, with only 3.2% of trained developers unemployed and actively seeking work. There are many free courses online that you can enrol in before committing fully to retraining within this field of work. Once fully qualified, the rate of pay is typically very good for this role, you have the ability to work from anywhere, and the skills you build are transferable thanks to the digital age we now find ourselves in.

3. Social Media Manager

With social media becoming more and more prominent in everyday life, there is no surprise that most businesses are active users these days. This means that social media managers are in relatively high demand, being required across a wide variety of industries. There is a wealth of training available out there and you can even begin to build up your knowledge whilst still in your current job. Remember: businesses want to attract customers from every age group so your perspective is always valuable, even if you may feel like you use social media less than other generations.

4. Trade Positions

If you have found that you don’t particularly enjoy working in an office behind a computer screen every day, why not consider a more hands on, practical role. Trade professions offer a wide variety of roles from, carpentry, to plumbing and even construction. There are many training providers across the country, with many trade professions presenting apprenticeship opportunities allowing you to earn the national minimum wage whilst you learn. Like most qualifications, once you are qualified you have this skill for life, opening up many potential doors for employment opportunities in the future.

5. Consultant

If you have extensive experience within a certain field, you could relay your expertise to businesses that may be unsure of what to do next. Consulting work provides a combination of challenges, diversity and flexibility, due to work that may cover a wide variety of sectors. Becoming a consultant means you will be your own boss, free to work whatever hours you like and have the ability to choose who you work with.

If you are currently unhappy in your current role, it is important to think about your options moving forwards. If you would like to find out more about the steps to take when refreshing a career, visit our dedicated guide.

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