How to Effectively Prepare for a Career Change

Written by Chloe Harwood

Changing careers is a part of life. Everyone goes through it at some point and the whole thing is enough to make you feel slightly on-edge. After all, you are venturing into a new industry and you are also having to meet new people and take a different route to work as well. This can make the whole thing very daunting, but there are things that you can do to try and make it easier on yourself.

Plan Out your Clothing

There is quite possibly nothing worse than having to walk into your office on the very first day, only to find that you are completely underdressed for the meeting. You’ll feel super uncomfortable and it is not going to look good at all for your new employer. For this reason, it helps to plan your outfit on the day and it also helps to look up the dress code. If you are unable to do this then don’t be afraid to phone up your new boss to get their advice. This will really take the pressure off you, and it will make you feel much more confident on the day. If you don’t feel comfortable enough to do this then that’s fine, just make sure that you’re overdressed instead of being under-dressed.

Research your Co-Workers

On the first day, you may find that learning everyone’s name can be hard work. If you want to give yourself a good head-start then try and go on social media and find out who you are going to be working with. This will greatly increase your perception and it will also make it much easier for you to avoid mistaking someone’s name as well. By learning who you are going to be working with, you can take some of the nerves out of your big first day as well, because you’ll feel as though you already know them before you enter the room.

Train for the Position

If you are going into a position that you have experience in, but it was a long time ago then don’t be afraid to train up again. Distance MBA universities are great for this and you can do them while you work. This will help to give you the confident edge you need to feel way better about yourself and your position, not to mention that it will also help you to appear more professional as well. It doesn’t take long to complete a course either, as there are many short-term options available.

Know the Company

You have probably done some research about the business before you went in for your interview, but if you haven’t done this then find out what you need to bring with you on your first day by giving them a call. You may also want to find out if there are any specific car parking bays that you have to park up in and to know if there is anything that you can do to try and make the whole transition easier. This will really pay off, and it is well worth doing.

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Chloe Harwood