Is it time for a new challenge?

December 30, 2019 / Sharnie Carter

Say goodbye to clock watching! Here’s why 2020 may be the perfect time for you to take on a new challenge and make that change, as well as some top tips to support you on your journey.

Are you one of the thousands of people out the work door at 5.01 pm? Maybe you’ve spent the afternoon watching that clock tick slowly by? Well, you’re not alone. In the UK, three in ten people say they are utterly bored of their job, and 35% describe their role as ‘soul-destroying’.

In fact, shockingly, a quarter of the working population feel they have nothing left to learn or accomplish in their role, and a further six in ten have no plans for progression in their current role.

But it doesn’t have to be this way and we are getting bolder when it comes to taking a new challenge, job or even changing career. Millennials are now way more likely to make a bold career move than their slightly older colleagues, but staying in a boring job for life is no longer the expectation of anyone in the workplace!

This doesn’t make it any less of a daunting decision though. For many, changing jobs or careers impacts more than just the 9-5! It’s a life-changing choice that can impact the whole family. Of course, there are ways to make the move less challenging and ensure you have a much better chance of landing that dream role!

Do your research

Before you leap from the fire pan into the fire, be sure to do your research on your dream job or new career! We often find people take a job volunteering in their chosen sector to test the water, or perhaps do some work experience for a few days alongside your current job. Others set up their own ‘side hustle’ to test if a new career is right for them. This way you will see whether the move is the right one for you… and if it is you will be a better position when it comes to applying for new jobs.

Be the best candidate

When you’re applying for a new role it is likely this will be a competitive process. Tens to hundreds of people could be applying for the role, so how will you stand out? Not only should you have a professional CV (we’ll talk about that later), but you can also be one of a few candidates with both the relevant qualifications and knowledge.

By taking on a distance learning course you can achieve qualifications that have been scrutinised and quality-assured by trusted educational institutions, ensuring you have the right award or qualification on your CV and stand out from the crowd!

Have the perfect CV

To really stand out from the rest of the crowd, your CV needs to be tailored for the job you want. Planning to be a graphic designer? Your CV should reflect your creative skills, that means no word document and Times New Roman font for you! But, if you are seeking a professional, corporate position, a one to two-page traditional CV will be just the ticket.

The experience and qualifications you list should also be relevant to the position you are applying for. If the role is different that is ok, but make sure you only list relevant skills learnt in that position. For example, if you were looking to join the police force and have previously been in retail, you will have lots of relevant experience dealing with members of the public on a daily basis, and possibly rectifying potentially difficult situations by exercising good people skills and conflict management.

And of course, no spelling or grammar mistakes!

Make a great impression

It sounds simple, but be on time for your interview, look your professional best, and be prepared for some interview questions. Most employers will have their own questions, but standard ones often apply. For example, be prepared to discuss your skills, and situations that demonstrate these skills in action. And always have some good questions prepared to ask your potential employer!

Lastly, demonstrate who you are in the interview by showing off your personality (don’t go too overboard though!). Ultimately, you are what differentiates you from the other applicants, so remember to be yourself, while remaining professional.

So, if you’re looking for a new challenge, now could be the perfect time to take that first step!

If you’re thinking of taking on a new challenge in 2020 or need to achieve a new qualification, take a look at our website and view our range of courses!

Research quoted conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Open Study College, consisting of 2,000 working people from the UK. 

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Sharnie Carter

Passionate about Marketing and Education. When I'm not busy at Open Study College I'm spending time with my family, catching up on my favourite TV programmes, or getting my petrol head fix.

Is it time for a new challenge?