Plan your career
Changing or choosing your career
Whether you're looking for your first job or wanting to change career, there are a number of things you can do that can help you make the best decision. Firstly, get to know yourself - your strengths, values, interests and ambitions. Next, do your research on your chosen job - make sure you know as much as you can about what the job's really like and if it's the right job for you.
Finally, get some advice from a professional - there might be other options or funding schemes open to you that you didn't know about. And it always helps to have someone impartial as a sounding board to check if you're doing the right thing.
Our guides below can help you to change or choose a career. There's advice for you if you've just started to think about making a change or if you're looking for some last minute checks before you take the leap.
If you're not sure whether to change career or not, here are some questions that can help you to decide.
There's a lot to consider when you change career. Use our checklist to make sure you've thought of everything.
If you're looking for inspiration, look no further than these three stories of adult learners. See how learning and having a good plan helped these people to realise their career dreams.
Jobs aren't all about picking up a pay packet - some jobs are very rewarding. You could use your skills to make a difference to people's lives, use your creativity, fight for a cause or work with your hands in a whole host of practical jobs.
'Transferable skills' isn't just a buzz phrase - these skills are essential for changing career. Find out which skills you've already got that can help you to get into a new job.