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Welcome to Day 2 of the Challenge. Yesterday we covered the 10 essential self-reflection questions to help you figure out which way to go with your professional development. However, today, we will discuss the importance of considering all the professional opportunities open to you. That's right, if you're already pursuing a career, but aren't passionate about it anymore and don't know if it's time for a career change, this article is for you!
The career you are currently trailing does not have to be what you do for the rest of your life. It is important to open your mind to what (quite literally) the world is offering you, and know exactly what you want to get out of your working life. Trying new things and meeting new people can only expand your mindset and open new doors. This is not all about making impulsive, drastic changes, but rather reaching an understanding about what you are capable of accomplishing. The ultimate goal is to understand what your passions are and find a way to make money out of it.
Consider Alternative Working Situations
With modern technology, we are able to work anywhere in the world. The global Covid-19 situation is still changing our reality and the world we live in. The field of job search is no exception. However, it’s not the time to come to a standstill with your career development but to use this digital movement in your favour. Since the number of people working remotely is on the rise now more than ever before due to the Covid-19 crisis, there are clearly many benefits for the employees themselves, including more flexibility and boosting productivity. There are benefits for the employer, too - including saving money on office space, as well as having a wider pool of applicants.
The most common careers that allow you to work remotely are IT, Graphic Design, Customer Support, Translation & Localisation, Copywriting, Blogging - and more! Working remotely is not limited to these fields. It is always worth researching work from home and remote options to make sure you aren’t missing out on any opportunities!
Consider New Career Paths
Many people think they are limited to one career in their life. If you feel your career path is taking you nowhere, you are lacking drive and passion or the industry you work in is suffering from the Coronavirus outbreak, don’t be scared of change! The truth is, nowadays, people are expected to change careers 4-7 times in a lifetime. Whilst this is a big decision to make and should be carefully considered, it is encouraging for those feeling reluctant to change careers for fear of lack of job opportunities.
Especially now, it is of high importance to be on top of the economic development of different industries and make the most out of the career alternatives that hold more prospects. If you’ve been following business news, then you are well aware that most companies relying on personal interaction or less essential goods markets are having a hard time stepping in this new reality. The same goes for advertisement companies, since fewer businesses are willing to spend their budget on ads. Yet, companies engaged with online communication, education, digital entertainment, or essential goods supply and delivery seem to be doing fine - if not better - during the current pandemic.
This might put you in the position to consider working in industries you never initially found attractive. For example, it will be a better idea to find a job in eCommerce than it will be to search for opportunities in the travel/hospitality industry at the moment. In this way, you increase your chances to get employed. The reason is obvious - businesses in growing industries are looking to hire more new people.
Oftentimes, someone wanting to change career paths finds themselves having to do internships to get their foot in the door. Although these can be an adjustment for someone who had worked their way up the ladder in previous careers, internships can be a great stepping stone if you are truly passionate about being successful in your new field of work.
One of the main things to consider before changing your career path is adapting your skillset. We will discuss this in more detail on Day 3, but for now, it is important to understand that changing careers will require some work in order to keep up with the competition. Some careers do require basic skills and core values that lend themselves to other careers. For example, if you are a blogger or content creator who speaks multiple languages, your experience would lend itself nicely to translation or website localisation. In contrast, someone who has spent years studying IT may find there is a lot to learn when switching to a career such as sales. These examples should help you understand what career changes would be easier than others. However, anything is possible if you are willing to put in the work required.
Consider Discovering Somewhere New
Even though right now this might sound like a bizarre idea for some, moving abroad, or even to a different city in your home country, can vastly broaden your horizons. Relocating has become an increasingly popular trend as Europeans are discovering the countless benefits of moving for your career. Although deciding to uproot your life may not be an easy decision to make, it is an important option to consider. Many doors are opened when you refuse to limit your job search to one location.
In an increasingly globalised world, it is important to international companies that employees can work in multicultural environments. Working abroad encourages professional growth in a number of different ways, including communication, empathy, adaptability and teamwork. Furthermore, in careers such as sales, an understanding of more than one market is an invaluable skill. Even if only for a few years, spending time working in a foreign country can make your CV stand out and give you an edge - even better if you managed to pick up the local language!
The Coronavirus outbreak might have cut the work and travel plans short for some, but we should all keep a perceptive attitude for safe but audacious development choices.
So now, you're wondering what your options are in terms of moving. Well, on Day 4, you will be able to see where the languages you speak are most in demand. In the meantime, have a look at Europe Language Jobs job board and filter through the jobs by your languages, and where you'd like to live.
Hopefully, we've planted some seeds today that you can think about over The Challenge. Welcoming outside ideas might just set you on a completely different path of life you'd never considered before! If you're confident in your career choice, great! However, every now and then we all need to think outside of the box and adapt to the changing world we live in. As writer Isaac Asimov said “Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.”
Tomorrow, we will be sharing key hints and tips to boost your employability, featuring some easy-to-learn skills that will give your CV a boost and help you prepare for working life...
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