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Looking for a new career? Here are some tips

Updated: Mar 8, 2021

Looking for a new career is hard - it is even harder when you are unsure what you actually want to do!

Below I have listed some tips that might help you with your decision. These are just some of the strategies you can use to help figure out the type of career that you want.

I also have a 'Career Support' page on my website and I have listed other resources to support your career search.

Donnan Coaching Services' Career Support Page.

Disclaimer - I have posted up some websites, I don't recommend anyone more than the other, they are just as reference tools. As with any website that you join up with, this is at your own risk, so please keep your login details and passwords safe. Don't sign up to anything unless you are sure of the website's validity.

Tips when looking for new careers ideas

Answer some questions from the career blast exercise below. Highlight the ones that are most important to you – these can help you focus on the factors that are most important to you.

1.Career Blast Exercise

Read the questions and answers the ones relevant to you. Respond quickly to them as this will help capture an immediate response, which tends to be a better reflection metal reaction to what you are really looking for.

  • Areas that you are interested in?

  • What motivates you?

  • Consider your natural strengths and what you enjoy?

  • Are you passionate about?

  • What are your priorities?

  • Are you wanting to be an employee or self-employed?

  • What do you know that you really want to avoid in your job/career?

  • What would people who know you well say you are good at?

  • What skills, knowledge and experience do you possess?

  • What do you like more/least about your current job (if applicable)?

  • What do you want more of (in your professional life)?

  • What do you want least of (in your professional life)?

  • Do you want to take on more responsibilities at work?

  • Do you want fewer responsibilities at work?

  • Can you work well under pressure?

  • Do you want to avoid target driven occupations?

  • What do you want to change in your current situation/employment?

  • What factors are important to you e.g. (money, learn a new skill, responsibility)

  • How far are you willing to travel?

  • Do you want to develop your career to a higher level?

  • Would you consider further training/part education?

  • Are you looking full time, part-time, permanent or temporary employment?

  • Do you want to work for an ethical company? (eg. Green peace, Lush)

  • Do you want to work for a small but growing organisation?

  • Do you want to work for a large or global organisation?

  • Who/what influences your career choice? For example - family, money, peers, you, other?

  • What would you be happy to spend the next 25-40 years of your life doing?

2. Speak to a career adviser or career coach.