Career Change: Find work that inspires you

Welcome to Day 2 of the Challenge. Today will be discussing the importance of considering all the professional opportunities open to you while paying attention to the current coronavirus outbreak situation and giving you some advice on how to adapt your job search to overcome the difficulties that Covid-19 is causing. 

The current career you are in 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 up to this moment changing our reality and the world we live in and job search is not an 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 and Translation & Localisation. However, 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 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 because of the obvious reason that 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 have more on this on Day 3, but for now, it is important to understand that changing careers will require at least 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 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 awhile, 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...

 

 

Oct 6, 2020 by The ELJ Team

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posted by Pedzisai


A very inspiring article indeed. We are living in a very challenging era and must adapt quickly and efficiently to the new circumstances, making the most out of the chances we have.

posted by Veroniki


The good side effect of the COVID is the speedup of technologies & necessities like video conference tools & more. We can utilize using our smartphones, tablets, laptops to our best. Nice food for thought :)

posted by Jo


A very inspiring article that can only be done by Europe Language Јоb.
I look forward to the next one.
Thanks ELJ

posted by Zlatko

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Many thanks! So kind of you! We will keep it up!


That is exactly what is happening to me in the last few years after having moved to a totally new country. Finally I have the courage to do the jobs I have always wanted to try and work in a foreign-speaking team that pushes me out of comfort zone . At the same time I am looking positively and hopefully to any new swaps in my life in a couple of years. I need to broaden my perspectives thanks to understanding my merrits, capacities and possibilities.

posted by Ilona

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Thanks for sharing your experience! Best of luck with what is coming up your way! That is the attitude!


I would like to be part of an international company, to work in multicultural environment. I'm able to speak more than five languages, I guess language skills may help me to get new opportunities and expand my mindset. Regardless of the international situation and Covid-19 crisis, I hope I will find my dream job, hope everyone will. It's important not to stop and go for it. Thank you!

posted by Zeynab

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You are a true multilingual! You can tell from first hand how valuable your language skills are! Thank you for your wise words too!


The pandemic has proven that change even though not initially thought of, could bring immense benefit to both businesses and families alike. How well you cope with change has to do with your mindset and whether you can see the bigger picture and opportunities that lies ahead. Too often we search for the line of work we have been in before, as we believe those are the only opportunities that are open to us, and even though I do apply for those same jobs, I also look for new opportunities in different industries where I believe I can add value. Moving to Europe is my plan for 2021, as my family and I will be relocating to Bulgaria. I am excited to learn about new cultures and languages and starting over. Having never traveled in my life, I see this as an excellent opportunity to both start fresh and create a new and rewarding beginning for me and my family.

posted by Christina


Sí, bien dicho! Estoy definitivamente de acuerdo contigo

posted by Celestin


I was always dreaming to combine job and travel. It gives you totally different experience/I am from Russia, but I was living in USA 10 tears, after that 2 years in Costa Rica and almost 8 years in Guatemala Central America. Absolutely different mentality of people, customs, languages, but it's very exiting to get something new, like a start a new chapter of your life. I am not afraid to take a completely different job and got a new experience in a different fields.

posted by Tatiana


Good one .. especially this will throw light for entry and associate level applicants...
One of the required quality of a leadership role is to bring the changes or put across the change within his/her current establishment rather moving out from there for a new one. The business will run only if we adapting innovation.

Relocation should be a mission to achieve his/her vision of life.
My long term vision is to settle down my retirement time in the European region to inhale and exhale naturally fresh air along with my beloved wife.
for that mission is to provide abord education to my kids, so that they will be able to settle down with their career in Europe and take care of their parent with a shelter Swiss...
I am hunting a job opportunity with ELJ to reach my vision. I have gain excellency in farming the business operation by hunting the innovations in it------- with the visionary of retention business goal.
Najeeb[UAE]
Reach me: [email protected]

posted by NAJEEB

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Sounds great! Thank you for sharing :) We wish you good luck with your applications



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