Careers advice - expert careers advice
In a competitive job market it's a good idea to research which positions are high in demand and see if your skills are compatible.
Federica Monsone, founder and managing director of A3 Communciations says practicality is an important consideration when planning a career: "You might be happy doing what you love for relatively little money today, but what about when you want to buy your own place and need a mortgage?"
One practical way to achieve your career ambitions is to get qualified.
Federica Monsone says: "be prepared to study if you don't have the right CV for the career you have chosen; this could be a full-time course or a series of evening classes.
"Employers appreciate shows of commitment so the more you can prove you have done to follow your choice, the higher your chances of getting the job."
Professor Carol Costley, Associate Dean Research at Middlesex University's Institute of Work Based Learning says increasingly people are thinking about:
"alternative ways of studying like Work Based Learning, where you get university level qualifications for projects you carry out in your work place.
The sort of people we see signing up for our MA in Professional Practice are often mid-career, looking for a career change or seeking real recognition for the work they are doing within their organization."
Try looking for courses that you can fit into your spare time, and make sure they will be recognized by the employers you're hoping to attract.
- Going back to school/college/university full time
- Doing a distance learning course
- Doing a correspondance MA
- Taking evening classes
- Taking "holiday" to attend a short course (1 day - 2 weeks)
Melissa Gilchrist Higgins, founder of ethical fashion line FrontlineFashion says the most important thing when changing career is: "Don't doubt yourself, you've reached this decision for a reason and although some days may be more challenging than others don't give up."
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