Ever felt like you're in the wrong job?

At Hopscotch, we come across so many talented people who, because of new-found commitments or a move to a new environment, have found that the career they chose (or fell into!) a decade or so ago simply doesn't work for them any longer.  Some of these candidates are currently in a job that is now making them somewhat miserable; others have had to leave their careers entirely because the hours, conditions or requirements on their time are not at all suitable anymore.

Our series of #CareerClinics have been set up to help from September (make sure you're signed up to receive details soon!) and in the meantime we've teamed up with our first #CareerClinic partners, LinkedIn, and asked them to jot down five quick steps to help those of you looking for a change. Take a squizz below and, as always, feel free to add your own in the Comments section below:

"1. Take an Intelligent Risk:  Moving industries can be an extremely scary prospect but also a fantastic learning experience, of course there is always some risk with such a move but if you calculate that there is a reasonable chance of success and it will be an interesting journey then why not. Do your research and be realistic about what’s achievable, including the possibility of taking a side or slight backward step in order to gain entry to your new working world. 

2. Immerse Yourself:  By thoroughly researching an industry you will soon realise whether this is a sector that will hold your interest and be suitable for a long term career – what’s the pay like?  How flexible can it be?  Do you know anyone already in that sector and could you meet them or even gain some experience?  In order to be really successful in an industry you must have a genuine passion for it.  Read, listen and learn and start to imagine how your previous career and the skills you picked up might (or might not!) cross over.”

3. Build a network:  The fact that you are not known in a new industry could be a serious advantage, it is the chance for a fresh start without any baggage.  Reach out to Influencers in the sector through LinkedIn to meet and discuss what it takes to be successful in the market and spread the word that you're looking for a change with friends you might know in that sector.  Who knows this might lead to an surprise 1st Interview! 

4. Transferable Skills:  Think about the skills you already have that could be utilised in a new industry.  Sure, you may have to learn some of the technicalities of a new industry but if for example Selling or Management  made you successful in one sector then most likely it will in another.   Detail facts, such as any awards or certificates gained, and numbers achieved in your current industry; this will help demonstrate your successes clearly and without bias.


5. Upskill:  Undoubtedly you will identify some areas for improvement before you take the leap.  Look at the myriad number of online courses now available to help you at a low cost and why not take a LinkedIn Learning course to gain these new skills.  Such steps will only help you and also display your impressive initiative to potential new employers."    

Good luck everyone and we hope to see you soon!