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Naomi Rothwell-Boyd, August 1 2022

5 Best Next Careers To Consider

So you want a new job?

Are you thinking about your next career move? If so, you're in luck! In this blog post, we will outline the 5 best next careers to consider.

Which careers are the best ones?

What I am NOT about to do is give you a list of 5 industries that are "up and coming" or "in-demand" high paying industries. That doesn't help anyone. Instead, we're going to focus on thinking differently about careers.

In my humble opinion, as a career coach who has helped hundreds of direct clients and thousands more with advice, I believe the best next career for you is one that does something very specific and personal for you. The challenge is that it's unique to every one of us. We don't all belong in one industry!

So I'm going to share the 5 fundamental types of careers to help you consider which might be best for you next.

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1) A Career With Impact

Are you someone who thrives off doing something meaningful that has an impact? Perhaps you want to see how your work has a positive impact on someone else's life. If this is you, then a career with impact might be for you.

The sky is the limit when it comes to careers with impact. It's all about finding something that is personally meaningful to you and making a difference doing it. You need to define what type of impact you want to make.

Figure out what would make you feel the most fulfilled in your next career. Once you have an idea of what that might be, research companies and industries that are making a difference in the world.

2) A Career With Balance

Are you someone who doesn't make work your whole world? Do you have a personal life you want to defend? If you want a career that won't monopolise all of your time, then finding a balance is key.

It's important to find work that supports the life you want to live, not the other way around. If you have hobbies and commitments outside of work, make sure they are factored into your next career decision.

There are a lot of great careers out there that offer a good work/life balance. It's all about finding what is most important to you and making sure your next career supports that.

Research companies that have policies in place that support a good work/life balance. This might include flexible hours, remote working, or generous parental leave policies.

3) A Career With Challenges

Are you someone who needs to be stimulated and intellectually stretched? Do you get bored easily or feel undervalued in your current role? If you're looking for a career that will keep you on your toes, then look for one with challenges.

The best next career for you is one that provides new challenges and opportunities to grow. It's important to find work that stretches you beyond your comfort zone. This can be done by taking on new projects, learning new skills, or even changing industries.

The key is to find work that keeps you engaged and excited to come back to each day. Figure out what type of challenges you need in your next career. Once you have an idea of what those might be, research companies and industries that can provide them.

Keep in mind, challenges can also come in the form of a high-pressure environment. If you thrive under pressure, then a career with challenges might be for you.

4) A Career With Achievement

Are you someone that needs to be the best at what you're doing? Are you competitive and already good at some specific areas where you could excel?

The key to finding a successful career is to focus on your strengths and passions. Once you know what those are, research companies and industries that will allow you to use them. Look for opportunities to learn new skills and excel in your role.

It's also important to set your own goals and benchmarks for success. This will help you stay motivated and on track in your next career. Define what success looks like for you and make sure your next career is moving you towards that.

If becoming the very best in your field, whatever that might be, is something that would drive you further than ever before then perhaps you need to focus on the type of work that could feed that competitive spirit.

5) A Career With Progress

Are you already considering a few options but finding it hard to picture how you will get your dream job? Perhaps you should consider a stepping stone approach and get a job that will help you progress to the next one that's really what you want.

A career with progress is all about taking small steps that will get you closer to your goal. It's important to find work that is in line with your long-term goals. This might mean starting in a lower-level role or taking on a more junior position.

The key is to focus on the future and how each step you take will get you closer to where you want to be. It might not be the most glamorous job, but if it's a stepping stone to your dream career then it's worth considering.

Think about your long-term goals and what type of work will help you achieve them. Research companies that offer opportunities for progression and look for roles that will challenge and stretch you.

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Take A Step Back

Choosing a type of career is not just about choosing an industry. You want to choose the type of career that will motivate you long term. You will find jobs and future employers much more easily if you know the longer term benefits.

Take a step back and look at your journey holistically before you begin the job search. And if you need any help, career coaching is always on hand to help as well.

Written by

Naomi Rothwell-Boyd

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