• Career Change in a Competitive Economic Climate 14 January 2017 | View comments

  • 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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