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Training For A New Career

What to consider when changing career

New year, new career? If you are bored with your current career, feel stuck in a dead-end job or want to increase your earning potential you may be considering a career change. A successful career change will usually require some form of training, you will usually need to fund this training for yourself. In this post, we are going to give some tips to help you make your career move a success, weigh up the pros and cons of changing career and look at the options available to people changing their career and discuss the benefits that the different options can offer.


Decide What You Want

The first thing you need to do before you change career is to decide what you want to do. Many people are railroaded into their first career choice by family, perhaps they want approval from their mother or father. Others just fall into jobs they don't like out of necessity, they need to pay the bills and put food on the table. Take some time to consider your options and ensure that you are truly happy in your next career, consider if you feel a calling in life. Do you have a hobby or skill that you could turn into a paying job? A wise person once said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Push your limits, raise your expectations and don't follow a path unless you are 100% certain you will be happy with it.


What Training Will You Need?

Once you have decided what you want to do, you will need to discover if there are any training requirements that you need to fulfil to achieve it, is there a trade body? Do you need public liability or some other specialist insurance? If you are considering a professional career you may need to join a professional body, some professional bodies are created by royal charter, for some professions you will need to join a professional body before you can even practice.




All professional bodies will offer you a degree of credibility and many other benefits such as discounted insurance, advertising, training, etc. The Institute of Executive Assistants and Administrators is a London based organisation that offers its members a wide range of training options including, executive assistant courses, PA courses, courses for secretaries and receptionists. The organisation aims to help its members build their CVs and careers.

Many professional bodies require that their members undergo continuing professional development (CPD) if you join such a body you will need to keep up your training on a yearly basis and maintain a record of it. A CPD accredited training course could incorporate interactive workshops, e-learning resources and techniques. When considering what training you need you will also need to consider the cost of your training and how you will fund it.


Will It Pay Enough?

Before changing career it is advisable to draw up a budget and decide how much you need to live on, will your chosen career path pay enough to keep the living standards you and your family have become used to?


Disclaimer: This post was written and supplied on behalf of The Institute of Executive Assistants and Administrators, a not for profit organization that offers Executive PA Courses in London


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