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Naomi Rothwell-Boyd, October 12 2022

5 Easy Ways To Do Something Different With Your Career (2022)

You've been doing the same thing for years, and you're ready for something new. But what can you do with your life? How can you make a change that really helps improve your overall wellbeing?

It's not always easy to know where to start. In this blog post, we will discuss 5 easy ways to do something different with your career. We will also provide tips on how to make the transition as smooth as possible.

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1) Try some volunteering

If you're considering exploring something new, but don't want to take a big risk, volunteering is a great way to get started. You can volunteer for non-profit organisations or a business that are related to your interests, or try something completely different. This is a great way to explore new career options without making a long-term commitment.

And, if you're looking for ways to make a difference in your community, volunteering is a great way to do that.

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Volunteering is a great way to explore new career options and make a difference that you can fit around your existing setup.

2) Go back to school

If you're looking for a more significant change, going back to school may be the right option for you. This can be a great way to explore new career options and gain the skills and knowledge you need to make a successful transition.

Of course, going back to school is a big commitment. But if you're sure that this is the right path for you, it can be a great way to make a major change in your career.

When we say "school" you don't always have to look at universities or colleges. You could try online learning platforms like Udemy, or do some research into evening classes at your local community centre. It's easy to find a new course you might love to sink your teeth into in your spare time. As long as you continue to invest your time in learning, more opportunities will open up.

3) Get a job in a related field

If you're looking to make a change, but aren't sure where to start, getting a job in a related field can be a great option. This can help you gain experience in the new field you're interested in, without making too big of a commitment.

Sometimes we just need a change for the sake of change. If we feel stale and stuck in a rut, what's sometimes best for our mental health is to get out rather than wait for the perfect next step to materialise.

A sideways step that is a relevant or natural progression of your current job might not feel ideal, especially if you want to change industry or field entirely, but it can help you gain new experience and build momentum.

Remember, you don't have to do this forever. It can be a great way to get your foot in the door and gain some experience before making a more significant change.

4) Network

If you're looking to make a change, networking can be a great way to do it. When you network, you meet new people who may be able to help you make the transition. You can also learn about new opportunities, get useful information about available jobs and get your name out there.

Networking doesn't have to be difficult or intimidating. You can start by attending events or meetups that are related to your interests. You don't need to travel miles or attend events every day. Use your judgement to decide which networking format suits you best. You can also reach out to people you know and ask if they have any recommendations.

Remember, when you're networking, you're not just trying to sell yourself. You're also trying to build relationships. So be genuine, be interested in others, and don't be afraid to ask for help.

Building a strong network can help you make a successful transition to a new career, and you can do it for free!

5) Get a mentor

If you're looking to make a change, getting a mentor can be a great way to do it. A mentor can help you navigate the transition and offer advice and guidance.

When you're choosing a mentor, look for someone who is established in the field you're interested in. You can also reach out to your network and see if anyone has any recommendations.

Remember, your mentor is there to help you. So don't be afraid to ask for advice or guidance. And be sure to return the favor by mentoring someone else when you're established in your new career!

Making a change in your career can be daunting, but it doesn't have to be. By taking small steps and being strategic, you can make a successful transition. And who knows? You might just find your dream career in the process!

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Making a smooth transition

Once you've found a new opportunity or you take a new job in a different industry, it can seem quite daunting. You need to learn how the new industry works and get up to speed quickly. This can be difficult, but there are a few things you can do to make the transition smoother.

Talk to people who have made a similar transition and ask for advice. Often you can find people who can been through a career change themselves, and you'd be surprised how eager people are to share useful advice if you ask them.

Do your research and try to get a good understanding of how the new industry works. This will help you feel more confident when you start your new job. Spend time on industry trade press reading the latest news. Try Youtube for niche videos talking about key aspects of the industry you might not know much about. Whichever way you like to learn, just make sure to invest time in learning!

Finally, don't be afraid to ask for help from your colleagues. They can offer guidance and support as you get used to your new role. Explain how you have a different background and therefore may need support in a few different areas. People are almost always happy to offer help. 

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Naomi Rothwell-Boyd

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