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Changing careers

Posted on from Robert Half

Following the announcement of the UK general election, ‘change’ has become the buzzword of the moment, with policies on tax, education and health all subject to debate.

Job change

Change also seems to be on everyone’s mind when it comes to the workplace. In a poll of over 3,000 British workers, conducted by Robert Half late last year, it was revealed that 37% are planning to leave their current job as soon as the economy is more stable, and nearly half (49%) within six months of official Government figures confirming that the recession is over.

Whether it is a complete job change, adjusting to a new manager or a new role, time is required to ensure transitions are as smooth as possible. How much flexibility will you have in your new job? Will your hours be longer? What’s the best way to communicate with your new team?

Transferable skills

If you’re changing jobs, integration with your new colleagues is vital. Whether you’re working with a different team within the same organisation, or starting at a new firm altogether, people will appreciate your efforts to introduce and immerse yourself in your environment. 

Similarly, if you’re adjusting to a new manager or member of your division, make them feel welcome and help out where you can. Starting a new position is challenging for everyone, and they will appreciate any advice you are able to give. For example, ensure that they have as much visibility as possible over upcoming projects and deadlines.

It's also important to understand that change requires a degree of flexibility. When embarking on a career transformation, be as adaptable as possible. Employers are likely to be looking for candidates who can demonstrate easily transferable skills. For example, learning a new qualification shows a company that you have the initiative and drive to improve your own skill set.

Advantages of a career change

Lee Notley, a recently-placed candidate who works in a firm based in Canary Wharf, explains the advantages of his career change: “In my previous position, I had established relationships with my colleagues, which was one reason why making a change seemed daunting initially. The Benefits of change far surpassed my initial reluctance however. 

I've been able to make an immediate impact at my new company, which has proved to be very rewarding. My organisation now embraces new styles, personalities and approaches – something that is particularly effective in the world of credit control. On a personal front, changing employers has meant that I have had to build new relationships quickly and has been a great experience both at the office and outside of work.”

Remember, workplace change does not have to create stress and confusion, but can be an opportunity to acquire new skills, achieve career progression and embrace a new way of working. As long as you remain flexible and responsive, you should be able make the most of any change in your working life.

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