Over the last twelve months, we’ve all had to adapt to new ways of doing things. We’ve learned how to work from home, we’ve learned how to home-school, and we have made sure that we give everyone enough space when we’re at the supermarket. We have also had a lot more time to think about what really matters to us, where we’d like to be, and how we can get there. There’s nothing like a lot of time indoors to make us really consider whether we’re getting everything we want from our jobs, and if you’re feeling like now is the perfect time to take decisive steps towards that dream career, you’re not alone.
When you look at the news and the statistics surrounding the job market, especially for young people, it’s easy to feel a little discouraged. But the fact of the matter is that, just as we’ve all had to find new ways of connecting and working virtually, more and more career opportunities and training programmes have become more accessible online. Whether you want to learn a new language, help others attain their fitness goals, or develop the tools to start your own business, there are resources out there to help you get to where you want to be. It’s up to you to find them!
If you’re wondering how to get started, here are a few tips to help you find a clear path towards your dream job.
Don’t Be Afraid To Think Big
One of the biggest things that holds people back from pursuing their career goals is fear. Fear that they don’t have what it takes to succeed, fear that they don’t have the experience to make it work, and a fear of failure. It’s fear that keeps most people trapped in jobs that they can’t stand or find deeply dissatisfying, where the only thing that they can really say about is that they know how to do it.
What you need to remember is that with patience, ambition and determination, big changes are possible. There’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t try a career that is completely different to the one you’ve been working in up until now, to turn your personal passion into a career. You just need to combine self-belief and preparation. Which brings us to our next point…
You’re Going To Need To Prepare
Now, you can be as optimistic as you like, but if you try to execute a big career change without doing the groundwork, you are going to be facing an uphill struggle to say the least. It’s going to be very important to have a crystal-clear idea of what it is that you want to do. Sounds easy enough, right? But knowing where you want to be in five years’ time can be a remarkably tough question to answer, so make sure that you give yourself time to figure it out.
Once you have a clear idea of what your dream career is, it’s time to start doing your research. A lot of careers have very clearly defined entry points and methods of progression up the ladder, so you are going to need to think about where you can jump on board. The chances are good that at some point in your professional life you will have developed skills that could be transferable to this role, even if it’s not an obvious experience match. For example, say you were thinking about training as a fitness instructor. One of the most important skills in any personal trainer’s toolbox is an ability to connect with people, to understand what motivates them and help them to get to where they want to be. Your time spent in a customer-facing role may not sound like a direct match, but those empathy and communication skills could be a huge asset.
When you’re doing your research into how you can get started in this new career, you may well find that you are going to need some training and qualifications. Which brings us to our next point.
Find An Online Or Virtual Course That Works For You
As we mentioned earlier, while the past year has robbed us of so many opportunities to get out into the world and enjoy ourselves, one thing it has brought us is even greater accessibility. Now, it’s easier than ever to find an online or virtual course that is the perfect match for you and that you can fit around your schedule. More and more institutions and courses have made their training and study programmes available online, and at affordable prices. Whether you want to learn coding, Spanish or accounting, we all have so much more access to learning in 2021.
And it’s not just lectures. We’re seeing plenty of training programmes that would have traditionally been conducted in person successfully pivot to online. Take TRAINFITNESS, for example, which offers internationally recognised courses in personal training. Before the pandemic, many of these types of classes would have been conducted in the gym, but this experienced, expert team has found a way to offer their courses as distance learning. These tutors know the real-world requirements of a personal trainer, and their courses are designed to mimic the challenges and opportunities that you will face in a real-world environment. From home-study to virtual clinics that are led by an instructor over Zoom, there are both full-time and part-time options to help you get that diploma and set you on your course to becoming a personal trainer.
Make Sure You Have A Budget And A Schedule
Some of these points are more fun than others, but if you are planning on setting out on training for your dream career, you are going to need to make sure that you have budgeted for every eventuality. It’s no secret that things pretty turbulent out there right now, even as we start to look ahead towards a brighter summer, so think carefully about what you can afford. See if you can schedule your research and preparation around your day job, research any paid-for courses carefully to make sure that you are getting value for money, and if you’re sharing responsibilities with your partner, be sure to be open and honest with them about your plans for a career change.
It’s also important that you set yourself a timetable for this process. There are several reasons for this, and the first is related to the budget. You’re going to figure out how long you can keep yourself afloat financially if you do decide to take a big leap. The other is a little more positive. We mentioned fear being one of the biggest reasons why people don’t take a decisive positive step when it comes to their careers, and a timetable can be a tremendously reassuring and encouraging tool to make sure that you stay on track and that you keep that promise to yourself. You want to find out how to become a counsellor? Set yourself a deadline for when you should have done your preliminary research into how to take that first step. You want to enrol on a personal training course? Decide whether you can go full-time or part-time and mark that finish date in your diary. It’s been so easy to let time drift over the past twelve months as we’ve all been stuck inside doing nothing, so let’s take this year by the scruff of the neck and make some positive changes!