What are your relevant skills and experiences
You need to be careful to identify the skills that you have at hand and also the experience that you have. Identify what your transferrable skills are and how easily you think that you could adapt your CV in order to use your skills to bring about a career change. It can be useful to think about generic skills,
such as soft skills. Customer care, teamwork, adaptability and other such skills are often common across many industries.
Do you dislike your current career
You may hate your current career so much that you no longer want to use your skills and experience. If it is the case that you want a total change and to move away from your skills, you need to be prepared to retrain and start from the bottom again. Try to research a way to avoid this by perhaps finding a role that has some relationship to at least some of your skills.
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What drives you and what do you want out of your work. If you are money focused you will need to research the best way to maintain your pay or even increase your level of wages. However, if your move is vocational then you need to make sure that you find exactly the role to suit all of your ambitions.
How much money do you need
This is the most important question and one that you must look at. I hate my job and want to work as an animal trainer or a designer as it is my passion. This type of statement is common but few do this, as their passions do not pay enough money compared to the day job. Therefore, work out how much money you need and how much you can afford to lose from a potential change in careers. Of course, this can work both way and you could end up with more due to your career change. If you are looking to make more money from your career change, research thoroughly what a real salary is and be sure that you will be qualified to get the job.
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Naturally, retraining to make a career change can be necessary. There are a lot of training courses out there to help you get the skills and qualification that are required. To find out more about making a career change and retraining go to: http://www.pa-course.co.uk