When you're making a career choice you need to be enthusiastic about the opportunities you're exploring. You also need to be informed and realistic about the job market. Doing your research properly rather than making assumptions will save you time and frustration later.
There are a number of ways that can help you identify ideas and options for new careers.
Whether you're clear about your next move or still considering different options, research is an important part of looking for your next role.
When you're making any choice about your next career move, you must check out the likely job market demand. For example, some jobs and sectors are predicted to grow, such as health care and home care services, as a result of the ageing population.
It's important to know the market rates for the jobs you're interested in. You can look online for good salary information by typing into a search engine “salary survey” along with your chosen job title or sector. Bear in mind when you're looking that it's a tough job market out there with good candidates, making employers spoilt for choice. This could potentially give the employers little incentive for paying top end salaries. There are also specific websites that have salary surveys available:
Advice (or inside information) from people who are currently in the role or who hire for the role is invaluable. Speak to anyone who can give you the answers to the follow questions and keep notes of their answers:
Use your existing contacts but also be proactive. You can always use online forums: LinkedIn is another great place to connect with people.
See if you can spend some time with someone who currently works in the role you're interested in. This might be a work placement, a voluntary assignment or even a temporary job in the department where you want to work. By doing this you'll get an insight into the daily reality of the job and have the opportunity to build some great contacts. It's also relevant experience to add to your CV.
You can analyse each of the options you have researched by considering the following questions for each role
From here it should become clear that some options are more realistic or relevant than others. There may be an option that is a clear favourite, or still two or three options that are possible.
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