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Returning to Work

    Do you feel you're ready for a change? Is your current job getting you down?
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Changing Careers

    If you've taken a break from work and you're ready to return, see what options are available
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Career Management

    How should you be approaching the management of your career? And what can a structured approach do for your working life?
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Interview Techniques

    What should you do? What should you not do? How should you conduct yourself?
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CV Advice

    No matter how relevant your skills are, poor CV's will result in less opportunities. Learn what matters...
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Career Advice Books

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Are you content in your job?

Everybody wishes they could have their dream job. But how do you know if you are in one of these jobs? Below are a few pointers to help you identify if you are in the right job, and some suggestions to help you look for and decide on a new career.

1. Are you in a job you don't enjoy? How do you tell?

Do you wake up in the morning with a feeling of dread at the day ahead? Are you watching the clock, waiting for 5.30pm to come around? Do you find yourself daydreaming when you should be working? Don't try and fool yourself with some of these questions though ... everyone has off-days now and then or a tough project coming up. The key here is identifying how you really feel about your job and chosen career path. Try asking yourself some searching questions about how you really feel about the job you have (Make notes. This will help).

    a

    What you do and don't enjoy about your job.

    b

    Do you get a feeling of satisfaction from a job well done?

    c

    Do you ever work late voluntarily?

    d

    Is your job the first thing you think about when you wake up? What do you feel?

    e

    When reading the newspaper, do you read through the job adverts, hoping to find something more suitable?

    f

    What is the motivation for the job you do? E.g. Money, it is easy, short hours...
When you have asked yourself these questions, if you have been honest with your answers, you should have some indication if you really are in the right job.

2. OK - I can see I am not in the right job. Help me!

You now need to think about what your options are. This can be very confusing and worrying for everyone because on the one hand, you want to get out - on the other, you are in a stable job with money coming in. Which way do you turn? Where do you start?

    a. Hobbies & Pass-times:


    Everyone has a hobby or pass-time that they will enjoy, even if they haven't yet found it. What would it be like to wake up in the morning and go to work, where your work is also something you enjoyed doing? But, you must be realistic - the likelihood of finding a job that pays you to put jigsaw puzzles together is very remote! Perhaps you like pottering in the garden ... have you thought about being a Landscape Gardener? Do you like writing? Then perhaps a career as a Document Author? Are you quite artistic or creative? How about looking at work in the Graphic Design field? Again, write down what you like doing to start with. This will be a basis for finding a new career path.

    b. Take your time:


    Most importantly here is not to rush into anything. Look very carefully at the career path you are thinking of pursuing and dig deep. If there is a governing body, make contact with them and ask questions. Perhaps talk to your local career advice centre or college.

    c. Re-training:


    Don't be too daunted about the idea of having to re-train. It isn't as bad as you might think. Thousands of college and night-school courses are available across a very broad range of subjects from Accounting to Zoology and are available to fit in with your current life-style.

    d. Motivation


    What is the motivation for the job you do? E.g. Money, it is easy, short hours...
When you have asked yourself these questions, if you have been honest with your answers, you should have some indication if you really are in the right job.

3. Skills Shortages

Every area will have a particular set of skills that are in short supply. In order to find out what is needed in your area, call the Job Centre Helpline on 0845 6060 234 and ask for your local job centre number. They should be able to provide you with the information that you need.

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