Career Transitioner

5 TIPS FOR CHANGING TRACK

When you’re already well into the race, changing track can be a tough decision. And in any case not one to take lightly. Whether you’re thinking about pressing CTRL-ALT-DEL on your career or simply applying your knowledge, skills and experience in another country, a different industry, a new company or other function, your decision has likely a huge impact on your life. Which is why we’re here to guide you through the often confusing and conflicting constraints.

  1. Get inspired
  2. Get support
  3. Know the market
  4. Go back to school
  5. Meet your match

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1. Get inspired

Ever thought about quitting your life and rebooting? Priya Parker offers you 7 ways to go about it! While at the same time exploring what the world needs most and where you might just make a difference.

It’s only when you know your true potential that you will find meaningful ways to unleash it on the world. Ask yourself, “what are my strengths?”, “what really motivates me?”, “what am I good at?”, “what are my values?” and “what do I really want to achieve?”. You might find that your next big career move has been staring you in the face all along! 

Check out these interesting personality and career tests. They’ll help you find out what makes you, you… and what career paths will help turn those qualities into personal and professional success.

2. Get support

A career transition can be a difficult process. But there’s no reason to go it alone! Talk to your friends and colleagues about your ideas. Chances are they will have helpful tips and advice, or even just a word of support. Ask for introductions to people in the field you are exploring. Find a mentor to help you with questions that come up along the way. Or try an in-depth coaching session with one of our alumni career coaches.

If your career transition is the result of a lay-off, check with your company to see what they offer in terms of counseling and job placement.

3. Know the market

Job ads are one way to explore the many career paths available to you. But they’re unlikely to give you a very objective picture of what you can expect. Another option is to find someone else in the same boat. Someone who has done your job, for instance, and moved to another company, industry or region. And once you’ve found your ideal new environment, try immersing yourself in the culture: read industry-specific blogs and newsletters, join professional groups and make yourself known at networking events.

4. Go back to school

Graduation is not the end of the learning process. It’s just the beginning! And while lifelong learning is a key part of any career, it can often be critical to any career transition. Especially if the move you’re envisaging entails specific training needs. Take the time to brush up your skills or even learn completely new ones with one of the many online courses out there. There are also weekend or evening seminars. And you might even want to think about working towards a new degree. Many schools offer online programmes with the flexibility to schedule around your current responsibilities. Schools like us, in fact.

And if you need help finding the ideal course or programme for your needs, don’t be shy! Our Programme Advisor is just an e-mail or phone call (+ 32 9 210 98 84) away.

5. Meet your match

OK, so you’ve done your research. You’ve sharpened your skillset. Now it’s up to you to match them to your new career path. We offer a number of tips and tricks to prepare you for the road ahead:

  • Designing a CV isn't easy. Not that much of a Word wizard? Here are some online CV building tools to get you started. These are websites that help you create a professional cv via templates that you can personalize online.
  • Tons of websites on how to write that killer CV and cover letter are available. We list up our basic guidelines and give you an example cover letter & CV.
  • Recruiters are using LinkedIn in interesting ways to source candidates more than ever before. Make sure your profile is as powerful as possible by using our best practices.

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