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Top tips for approaching a change of career

Category: Tips and Advice

Top tips for approaching a change of career There has never been a time when utilising all the support on offer from the CTP, doing thorough research and taking the right attitude to your job search has been more important. Our team of Career Consultants have created a fantastic new series of top tips to help you navigate your transition from the military to Civilian Street, which will be shared in instalments over the next few months.

This month, we’re exploring some tips on approaching a career change:

What’s the best way to approach a change of career?

  • Identify your transferable skills, interests and qualifications – you’ll be amazed at just how many different careers you’re suitable for. A really useful way to do this is with your Career Consultant, who can guide you through this and develop your Personal Resettlement Plan to keep you on track throughout your transition.
  • Talk to people in different roles and sectors to get an insight into what industries and roles might interest you, and how you should go about accessing them. A great way to start networking is through our Virtual Employment Events (VEE), social media webinars and range of other virtual events that we run every month.

    You can still register for our next VEE on Thursday 12th November, or if you can’t make that one, our last VEE of the year is taking place on Tuesday 1st December.     
  • Complete some online activities in myPlan and the National Career Services skills health checks, to give you some ideas of where to take your skills next. This is great for knowing where your strengths currently lie, and what steps you can take to develop any new skills you might need in your future career choice.
  • Look at what you would like to do rather than what you have to do. A career change should always be approached with a positive mind-set, enabling you to confidently network with people and write an impactful CV and covering letters. It is especially important during interview, where aptitude and attitude, combined with positive body language could go a long way to impressing the interviewer.
So, by approaching your career change with positivity, preparation and hard work, you’ll increase your chances of a successful transition.

If you’d like to hear our top tips on finding a job, you’ll find them in next month’s newsletter!