Ready for a Career Change?

There are a number of things to consider when thinking about a career change. In this article we help by asking those all-important ‘why’ and ‘how’ questions, as well as highlighting skills that are in high demand.

Along with moving house and relationship matters, changing careers is certainly a big step. Only you know if you should make a career change. If you want to do something radically different you may, at least initially, need to go it alone…no matter how scary it is. There may also be several factors that move you towards thinking of a career change.

When planning a career change, it’s most important that you’re self-aware; understand your motivation to move as well as your end goal, and make sure you can clearly express these to yourself and others. Changes for health and lifestyle reasons are indeed the most urgent reasons to switch careers. These are often thrust upon people as opposed to being made as a conscious decision. Under those circumstances, try to have some control so that the decisions you make are as positive as possible and allow you to open up other options for you.

There are many organisations, such as Careershifters , as well as online tools available that can help you work out what career change might be right for you. Many offer personality tests and occupational profiling assessment.

It’s important to start by asking yourself the following:

The why

  • Why do you want a new job?
  • Can you express what type of new job you want?
  • What changes will arise as a result of a career change?
  • Which of your friends’ or family jobs are you envious of, or aspire to?
  • Appraise whether it’s your boss or the company you’re dissatisfied with, What would a career change do to your financial standing?
  • What types of job roles can you identify that utilise your skills, or will you need to completely re-train?

The how

  • What contingency do you have?
  • Will a career change mean you need to take a pay drop?
  • Have you got a clear action plan with goals and timeframes?
  • Do you have proven competencies that link your current work experience to the new one?
  • Who do you know? Explore your network for advice and work experience options.
  • Ensure you know the difference between being an employee and running your own company or working as a freelancer, if this is the career change you have chosen.

What type of skills are in demand?

Communication Skills    

This includes listening as well as talking and writing clearly. You can demonstrate communication skills through your hobbies and extra-curricular activities such as blogging, creative writing, counselling, voluntary experience.
Recommended job roles: PR Account Manager, Marketing Executive, Public Relations, Public Affairs, HR & Talent Assistant, Content Writer, Proof readers, Localisation, Transcreation Executives.  


Are you able to co-operate in a team environment and adapt yourself to bring out the best in others?

How and who do you interact with at work, university or in your extra-curricular activities?

In addition, you will need to show your teamwork skills during the interview process. (Link to: interview like a Star on Boyce website)

Recommended job roles: Team Assistant, Marketing Assistant, Account Manager, HR Coordinator, Roadshow Assistant, DTP Assistant.

Analytical & Problem-Solving Skills 

Reasoning; commercial and creative, together with open-mindedness are key in order to assimilate and resolve issues in the work place within many job functions.

Recommended job roles: Data Analyst, Market Research, Contracts Analyst, Investor Relations, Expense Management, Business Analyst, Business Affairs, Royalties Assistant, Licensing Coordinator, Procurement Executive.  

Personal Management & Organisation Skills

Are you able to multitask or do you find it distracting?

What projects have you undertaken where the workload was juggled?

Evidence of organisation skills include; prioritising workloads, assisting with other ad hoc tasks outside of your main duties, managing deadlines for projects, booking travel, diaries and meetings.

Recommended job roles: PA, EA, Office Manager, Project Manager, Programme Manager, Scheduler, HR Assistant, Account Manager, Workflow Coordinator, Campaign Manager.

IT & Digital Literacy

Whilst you may not have all the technical or IT skills on a job spec, it’s important you do your research for similar operating systems or software that you may have used. This is because brand names are often used on job specs and you may have experience of something very similar.

Examples of frequently requested skills; Concur, SAP, Oracle, Jira, Confluence, TRADOS, Wordfast, MemQ, Keynote, Farmers Wife, IBMS, Prince 2.

Recommended job roles: Content Producer, Project Manager, Social Media Executive, Marketing Assistant, Digital Co-ordinator, CRM Manager. 

Interpersonal Effectiveness

How do you relate to peers and others within the company? When recruiting, firms look for culture fit, especially shared values and belief in the team vision. Are you able to build relationships with co-employees and internal and external clients?

Recommended job roles: Client Services, PA, EA, Communications & Marketing Executive, Account Manager, Account Executive. 

Numeracy & Commercial Awareness

Being numerate and commercially aware does not necessarily mean you will be working solely with numbers or in pure finance roles. For example, many job functions require individuals to work within budgets, monitor expenditure or analyse data.

Recommended job roles: Account Manager, Project Manager, Programme Manager, Procurement Executive, Finance Assistant, Grants Office, Expense Management, PA. 

Interest in Ongoing Learning & Self-Development

Without a doubt, being invested in ongoing learning opportunities will assist a career change.

It is often possible to use your skills, with a small amount of training, in different settings.

Recommended job roles: For example, legal training can mean opportunities in business affairs, royalties, contract management and Paralegal work.

Leadership Qualities

Most companies will indeed look for leadership qualities, even if it’s not essential in the near future they’re usually keen to secure talent for the future.

Attributes that demonstrate this are how you deal with accountability and responsibility. These include any times in your life where you’ve taken the lead, such as team sporting achievements, volunteering, supervisory and management duties.

Strong Work Ethic and Values

Being punctual, reliable and treating others well. What’s more, be true to yourself, learn from those around you and be prepared to earn the respect of others.

UK skill shortages 2021:

Careers that are in high demand

Despite the Pandemic there is still a recognised skill shortage in specific skills in the UK job market. This spans many categories but in general terms there is an ongoing demand for:

Tech, Digital, Fintech, Ecommerce, AI, Cyber Security,

Data & Digital Analysts, Data Scientists, Data Managers,

Creatives, Product Designers, UX, UI,

Healthcare Market Researchers & Insight Consultants

Still thinking of making a career change? Here at Boyce Recruitment we will, without doubt, always try to help find the right role and firm for you. We are specialist recruiters in Corporate & B2B Support, PR & Communications, Research & Insight, TV Broadcast & Media, Post-Production & Creative Services and Multilingual recruitment.

To find out more please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.