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If you’ve reached the point where you feel that a career change is the best option, then it’s important that you have a clear view of what you’re aiming for. This can be tricky, especially if you've been in one industry since leaving school, but if you approach the subject in the right way, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy a new lease on life in a new role. 

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In this blog, we’ll be looking at personal development and other essential factors that need to be considered, along with some do’s and don’ts that you should follow. We then show you how online OCA training is the most flexible and affordable way to get the skills your new position requires. So, if you’re ready, we’ll begin. 

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Are you returning to work?  

If you’ve started to think that maybe it’s time for new professional pastures, then it’s vital that you have a concrete plan for how you’re going to make the switch. Only you will honestly know when that moment comes, but a lack of motivation in your current position is likely a clear sign.

Let’s have a look at some of the things you should be doing…

First off, you should be thinking holistically, as the decisions you make around your career change are going to have an impact on your wider life. Standard of living and family impact are just two of the considerations you’ll need to make. They’re tough questions, for sure.

When making your plan, you also need to think about what life will look like in 5 or even 10 years - which will give you an indication of the wisdom of making the change. Another aspect that will need to be considered is your skills gap and whether any paid or free online courses need to be taken to address it.

Also, give some consideration as to whether you need to move industry completely or if there’s a position that gives you what you’re looking for within it? Changing to a related position will ultimately be smoother and easier, so don’t discount the idea based on how you feel about your current role.

So, what are the biggest career mistakes to avoid when returning to work?

Your career change depends much on you being realistic, meaning that you can’t expect things to go smoothly throughout. On your way to achieving your dream role, you might have to take a junior position that pays less. How would you feel about that? Are you willing to take one step back to ultimately take two steps forward? 

You also really don’t want to rush things either, because you’re typically not going to make the switch overnight and the move will affect your life forever from that point. Carefully consider every aspect that will impact you and those around you. No one said a career change would be easy, but when you plan it properly, it will likely go with fewer hitches.

Online Learning: Key to Any Successful Career Switch 

No two people have the same career trajectory, so any change is going to be unique to you. Fortunately, online learning from OCA can be taken at your own pace; it’s easier than it’s ever been to learn new professional skills. Our video-based courses offer a superior learning experience. Our professional courses are developed in collaboration with top experts from each of the 20+ industries that our training covers and come with one-on-one tutor support.

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