by Nigel Hilton

When you were a teenager did you honestly know what it is you wanted to do with your life for your career? Perhaps not! Not all of us really have the vision to see what we want to do as a job or are even aware of what we might be passionate about or wanting to change. However, we all need jobs in order to pay our bills, and so we can often just settle for something and leave it at that. But it is possible to change the direction of your career no matter what stage of life you are at. Here are five easy steps to do it.

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Decide what it is you want to do

One of the first things that you need to do is consider what it is you want to do for your job and career. This can either be the easiest or hardest decision you make. Some people, now in their later years in life, know exactly what their strengths are and what they are passionate about. Others might just have a small insight into this. Take some time to work this out, as you want to ensure that you take the right steps to make it your reality.

Would extra knowledge or studying help you get there?

Once you know what it is you want to do, the next thing to think about would be whether or not extra studying or gaining new qualifications might help you. Things like engineering might require you to think about studying specialist subjects where people like Burkitbayev specialise. Or perhaps you might need to gain some experience in your chosen field and this is where voluntary work could look favourable on your resume.

Work on your resume

On the subject of your resume, once you are in a position to start looking for jobs, you may need to think about updating your resume and ensuring that it has all the relevant information on there. From any experience you have, to any new qualifications you may have gotten. These things can make a big difference to being spotted and accepted for an interview. You may want to tailor some of your previous experience to be specific to the new job role you want to get.

Seek out opportunities

It is time to start being proactive with your job search, there won’t always be advertised jobs that are perfect for you, so you may need to seek them out. This means looking for companies or businesses within the niche you want to work in and contacting them directly. If anything, you may have your resume kept on file until such a job becomes available.

Impress at the interview

Finally, make sure you do all that you can to impress at the interview stage. Take pride in your appearance, make sure you do what you can to answer the questions appropriately and informatively, and also work on your etiquette. These things can make a big difference to whether or not you get the job and impress in this final stage.

Let’s hope these steps help you to change the direction of your career.