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Changing Career

The decision to change career can be down to many factors. Perhaps you've decided that it's time to finally pursue your dream job or that you'd like to take on a new challenge. Maybe you've been let go or have been offered an opportunity in a new sector that's just too good to turn down. Whatever the reason, changing careers can be exciting, scary, daunting and fulfilling. Regardless of how you're feeling about the change, Alison has everything you need to successfully transition into your new position.

Changing Career

Changing Career

The decision to change career can be down to many factors. Perhaps you've decided that it's time to finally pursue your dream job or that you'd like to take on a new challenge. Maybe you've been let go or have been offered an opportunity in a new sector that's just too good to turn down. Whatever the reason, changing careers can be exciting, scary, daunting and fulfilling. Regardless of how you're feeling about the change, Alison has everything you need to successfully transition into your new position.

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Alison's Courses for Jobs Pathway 

On the Alison homepage, you can search our free online courses by Course Category, Course Type or Courses for Jobs. By clicking Courses for Jobs, you'll be given the choice to either Get Career Skills and Guidance or Find Courses for Specific Jobs. These two resources are key for anyone seeking to change lanes in their career and should be your first ports of call when considering the move to a new field.

How to Get Career Skills and Guidance

1. Select the Get Career Skills and Guidance option from the Courses for Jobs pathway.

2. Select Making a Career Change as your Current Life Stage.

3. This will bring you to a page with information about how best to prepare for making a change in your career. 

4. Alison’s Career Development Checklist recommends a series of free courses that help make your career change a much less stressful experience. These include:

  • Career Planning to establish a course of action for the future. 
  • Stress Management to help you prepare yourself for the road ahead. 
  • Communication Skills for effectively selling your experience to prospective employers.
  • Negotiation Skills so you can navigate your entry into a new workplace.

How to Find Courses for Specific Jobs

1. Select the Find Courses for Specific Jobs option from the Courses for Jobs pathway.

2. Choose which Industry you'd like to explore from Alison's Career Guide.

3. Narrow your search by selecting a Career Path.

4. Choose the Occupation you want to research.

5. Start studying free online courses related to that industry. 

Workplace Personality Assessment

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Alison's free Workplace Personality Assessment is a rigorous and scientific evaluation designed by our experts, which will identify what new careers you might have a natural talent for. The assessment also outlines your strengths and weaknesses and provides you with a personal selection of Alison courses which, based on your answers, will help you work on any areas that need improving.

Identify and Sharpen Your Transferable Skills

If you're switching careers, then it's important to identify your existing skills that can be utilised in your new job. Once you have identified your transferable skills, use your CV to highlight these skills to sell yourself in your interview. 

Another reason to identify your strengths is to certify them and make sure they're fine-tuned. One of the reasons employers value Alison is because they can ask potential employees to take course assessments for skills that employees have included in their CV. The results of these assessments allow potential employers to see if the candidates are as talented as they say they are!

Eliminate Your Weaknesses

As well as your strengths, the Workplace Personality Assessment will also identify your shortcomings. This makes it critically important for all Career Changers, as perhaps you have weaknesses you're unaware of that might prove a hindrance to your career change. For example, if numbers are not your strongest suit, you'll need to identify this before you switch from being a sales rep to an accountant! And if you discover you are creative, and you were thinking of a career as a graphic designer, then the assessment gives you that confirmation.

Master the Job Offer Formula to Land Your Ideal Job

Securing your dream job can be an art and a science. You need to know how to create an interview-securing CV, write a convincing cover letter, effectively communicate your skills during an interview and successfully negotiate your salary. Master the art of securing your dream job with the career coach, speaker and author, Ashley Stahl's free course.

Courses to Help You Navigate Change

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Four free courses that help make your career change a less stressful experience: 

Keep Learning!

Once you've decided on the right path for your new career, make sure you don't take your foot off the gas. While Alison's Career Development Checklist includes the free courses vital to navigating your career change, Alison has over 3000 courses for you to learn and include on your CV or resume.

Completing online courses shows that you're keen to learn new skills that employers in a new sector will be keen to see. By including your Alison Certificates and Diplomas on your CV, new employers will know that you're willing and able to learn. This will put their mind at ease regarding any on the job upskilling your new role may require.

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