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  • On reading recent newspapers and watching news programmes, Alistair Stirling of Stirling Careers Consultancy see some organisations are struggling to adapt to changing market conditions or in danger of going out of business in 2017.

    For example, considering the steelworks in South Wales, which have been reprieved for 4 to 5 years, workers there should now seriously consider all their options, just in case the business does not progress as expected.

    All the research suggests that if people spend time planning in advance for such eventualities they are more likely to make a successful transition to the next destination.

    With the onset of globalisation and advances in technology there are many organisations under threat. Ways of working are also changing which might not suit everyone.

    It is time to consider your options.

    If you are in a position, like the workers at the steelworks, then you will have some time to consider your options.

    Other factors which might make you want to consider your options:

    * A fall in sales

    * Poor product or service

    * More competitors in the market place

    * Cheaper products / services can be purchased elsewhere

    These are just some of the signs, but for those in the public sector most redundancies are being made to reduce costs due to the reduction in money received from central government.

    One of the first things you can do is start thinking about your transferable skills.

    What are your transferable skills?

    Transferable skills are general skills that can be used in many jobs.

    These can be gained from your current role, previous jobs, projects, voluntary work, sport, your home life, hobbies and interests.

    They will enable you to be adaptable and be flexible in case you need to change career in future.

    Skills and Achievements

    It is worthwhile writing a list of all your skills and achievements and things you enjoy doing.

    Exploring Career Ideas

    If you have some ideas initially it is worth exploring these ideas online, talking to people doing the role(s) and possibly shadowing somebody doing that role.

    If you are unsure about what career might suit you it is possible to undertake psychometric assessments. However, these are only a guide.

    Alistair Stirling is qualified and trained to use some psychometric assessment tools.

    Once you have some ideas, it is important to start putting an action plan together. It may mean that that you have to take a step backwards to gain a qualification.

    So find out exactly what a particular career entails

    To book a Careers Consultation either call us on 0790 461 4946 email us at info@stirlingcareersconsultancy.co.uk or contact us via our contact form on our website:

    We look forward to hearing from you.

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    The Result of the EU Referendum - What next?

    Following the European Union Referendum there is a certain amount of economic uncertainty and some organisations are starting or considering making cutbacks. It is important to keep your ear to the ground to see if you can pick up any signals within your own organisation, i.e. reduction in work load, loss of orders/sales, contracts not being renewed.

    Stirling Careers Consultancy believes it is advisable to have your Curriculum Vitae ready just in case your organisation starts making any cutbacks. All the research suggests that if you are prepared you are more likely to make a successful transition to your next job role.  Should cutbacks occur you are prepared and ready.

    It is really important to keep up-to-date with how things are developing in your profession/sector.

    The first thing you need to do is start reviewing your curriculum vitae (CV).

    Reviewing your CV

    Start updating your CV by targeting it at your next possible role. There are plenty of CV templates available on the Internet.

    Networking

    It is important to get out and about meeting people and attending targeted networking events related to your sector / profession. You can often find out about local networking events through your local Chamber of Commerce or local trade  associations. If you are a member of a profession you can start attending their events.

    LinkedIn

    It is important to have a presence on LinkedIn. LinkedIn is an on-line network where many HR managers and recruiters look to recruit staff. It gives you the opportunity to connect with an organisation or person within that organisation directly. LinkedIn frequently sends out opportunities related to your skillset. LinkedIn is a useful tool for researching organisations and employees within those organisations.

    You can join specific discussion groups which will give you a flavour of what is going on in your sector/profession and helps you raise your profile.

    Unsure what to do next?

    If you are thinking you may need some help Stirling Careers Consultancy can help you through the process.

    We can help you evaluate your options and put together a targeted job search plan that will enable you to market yourself effectively to help you get your new job role as quickly as possible.

    Either call us on 0790 461 4946 email us at info@stirlingcareersconsultancy.co.uk or contact us via our contact form on our website:

    http://www.stirlingcareersconsultancy.co.uk/

    We look forward to hearing from you.

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    Volunteering

    People choose to volunteer for a whole range of reasons. Some people want to give something back to their local community or make a difference to the people around them.

    For other people, it is an opportunity to develop existing skills, experience and knowledge.

    Volunteering can be very rewarding but at the same time challenging.

    For those who have been made redundant or are looking for employment, voluntary work is a good way to keep work skills up-to-date and for continuous professional development (CPD). It is something you can add to your curriculum vitae (CV), it gets you out of the home and gives you an opportunity to make new friends and acquaintances and help build a network.

    Alternatively, those people in work can benefit from volunteering in another environment as these experiences can be taken back to the existing workplace. Some organisations allow their employees to do some voluntary work during the working week.

    To book a Careers Consultation either call us on 0790 461 4946, email us at info@stirlingcareersconsultancy.co.uk or contact us via our contact form on our website:

    http://www.stirlingcareersconsultancy.co.uk/

    We look forward to hearing from you.

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    Leaving Teaching

    Alistair Stirling of Stirling Careers Consultancy spends some time working in schools delivering careers education lessons and one to one careers advice across the age/year groups.

    Whilst working in schools he sees how rewarding and attractive teaching can be with the ability to make a difference to young people’s lives. However when he talks to teachers it is not always what it appears on the surface and many are choosing to walk away due to the stress of heavy workloads.

    When talking to teachers they often ask what other careers they could do.  The first thing that Alistair does is to help them to identify some of their transferable skills.

    What are transferable skills?

    Transferable skills are general skills you can use in many jobs. 

    You can gain these skills from previous jobs, projects, voluntary work, sport, your home life, hobbies and interests. They enable you to be adaptable and flexible in case you need to change your career in the future.

    Secondly, it is about re-assuring them that they have a lot of marketable skills and experience gained from their training and experience in the classroom. In addition to their teaching skills, they will have good communication and presentation skills. Also they have lots of experience of dealing with difficult situations e.g. pupil behaviour, emotional and pastoral support.

    There are many educational related careers outside of the classroom that would be ideal. There are also opportunities in the private sector working for an educational organisation. 

    Some of these careers could be:

    • Private Tutoring – delivering one to one private lessons
    • A Training Manager manging training programme working in an organisation
    • Working for an educational supplier – there are many organisations which see schools as their target market.
    • Working in Museums, or for the National Trust or English Heritage. They often have Education Officers putting together programmes for schools and young visitors.
    • Corporate Learning and Development. Putting programmes together e.g. induction programmes, coaching and marketing.

     

    There are also careers related specifically to the subjects you have taught for example if you have taught mathematics there will be opportunities in the finance industry or engineering.

    These are just a few ideas that you can consider and depending on your skills and experience, there are other options available to you.

    Before you make the leap from the classroom to your next career, it is worth talking to your line manager to see if you could change your role or consider moving to another school. Finally, if you decide to leave teaching it is really important to do some research. This could be talking to somebody who is currently working in the role you are considering or even shadowing someone for a day or so.

    It may be difficult to step into a new role straight away as you may have to gain additional experience or qualifications. However, there are many roles that you can consider.  

    This could be the start of a new life / new future / new beginning!

    To book a Careers Consultation either call us on 0790 461 4946 email us at info@stirlingcareersconsultancy.co.uk or contact us via our contact form on our website:

    http://www.stirlingcareersconsultancy.co.uk/

    We look forward to hearing from you.

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