If you have been made redundant and your thoughts have been turning towards a new career, what would be available for you now? You probably think “not much” – what with the financial downturn, emergency budget job loss threats and general shortage of jobs. To help give some ideas following redundancy, here’s how to identify what career would suit you next.
Take some time and answer the following questions carefully:
1) How did you get here? Did you jump or were you pushed? Did you chose your career because you wanted it or were you pushed into it by eager parents or careers teachers? If the choice was not your own, what are you looking for? Can you identify something that you would always like to have done?
2) What are you doing now? How do you spend your time? Do you see redundancy as a time to garner new skills and qualifications or are you just spending time watching television and waiting for the economy to recover?
3) Where would you like to go next? If there were no barriers, what would be your number one choice? What would you need to have or do to enable you to work in that field? If you are lacking in skills, what options are open to developing them further?
Having given some thought to identifying what career you would like, here are some further helps to identifying what career would suit you next following redundancy:
* Take a career personality test. Personality profiling is quite widely used now and helps identify your strengths and weaknesses. It’s a good pointer to what would suit you next and the free online ones only take about five minutes to fill in.
* Consider home based work. New technology has opened up a range of opportunities that allows the ability to work from virtually any location as long as it has internet connection. If you are looking for a career that is knowledge-based, you would be ideally placed to work from home and could hook up with colleagues via video conference or webinars.
* Find out if you are suited. Are you highly motivated? Are you a good time-manager? Do you have the ability to work independently? Can you be self-disciplined?
Taking the time to think these questions through thoroughly will help identify your suitability for working for yourself.
* If you realize that you are well equipped personally to successfully run your own home based business opportunity, would you take it? Would you be prepared to invest your time and resources in learning new skills whilst you either wait for the job market to pick up, or learn to be independent of it altogether?