Making a significant change in your career can be a serious move and there are a lot of things to consider.
Before you change direction, assessing your current position will help you determine where you want to go.
You could think about:
An action plan will allow you to monitor your progress as you work towards achieving your goals.
When you have determined your current position, consider where you want to go. If you are interested in a specific job, you should research it. This can be done by talking to people already doing the job or consulting with professionals in our technical and professional networks.
Once you know more about the job, aim to assess your skills and competencies. You can do this by making a list of your general skills and your technical skills. Think about whether you have any transferable skills? If so, are they your strongest skills? Are there any gaps in your skill set? You can use our online professional development system, Career Manager to help you analyse your competencies.
Transferable skills are generic skills which can be used in a variety of jobs.
Other questions you may ask yourself before making a change in your career include: