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What you need to consider if you’re changing roles in 2017

Al Brown

For most people, deciding on a change of career is an enormous decision. It can mean financial uncertainty, a stressful job search and starting again at a lower post in a new business. However, for many, it will be the best decision they make all year. 

Knowing when to change career can be difficult, but doing so is often necessary. Statistically, January is the most popular month of the year for job searching, so why not try and land yourself your dream role. In order to help you out, we’ve compiled this handy guide that includes a few of the things you’ll want to consider if you’re thinking of changing roles in 2017.

Reassess your existing position

The first and most important step in considering whether or not a career change is right for you, is to reassess your existing position and establish exactly what you want from a job, how you can get it, and who can provide it. If you’re going through a tough period but there is light at the end of the tunnel and you feel progression is possible; think long and hard about making a change. However, if you feel there is no way forward, that your job isn’t satisfying your needs and is unable to offer you the future you desire; now is a good time to start looking at alternatives. 

January is an excellent time to be searching for a new job. Hiring managers are often looking to revamp teams for the New Year and recruitment budgets have often been reset, allowing departments to up their spending. 

Don’t let anything stop you

If you realise a career change is necessary, it’s important not to let anything hold you back. Given the wide ranging nature of the IT sector, and the near constant developments within it, it can be very easy to end up in a position which isn’t right for you, or where your skills are not being best utilised.

One of the most common reasons cited for not making a switch is the stress involved in finding a new job.  Although the process can be difficult at times, it’s important that you don’t let it prevent you from putting yourself out there and trying to sell yourself.

Put out feelers

It’s also important to put out feelers through social networks to see what kind of vacancies are out there, what work is available and whether any previous colleagues, associates or managers may know of any positions they think would suit you. This informal type of job-search benefits from being low key and is more personal; your existing bosses needn’t know anything about it. By using people that already know how you work and operate professionally, you increase the chance of finding a position that suits your talents and abilities. 

Make the most of 2017’s big technologies

If you’re looking to make a change, it’s vital that you move towards a field, technology or business that is in the ascendancy rather than at its peak, or beginning to decline. In order to do so, it’s important to understand the experts’ projections for the IT industry in 2017. For example, Financial giants UBS are predicting a big year for hiring with cloud security technology specialists being in demand more than ever before.  As more and more businesses make the switch to cloud computing technologies, those with the ability and the knowledge of how to apply security solutions to vast swathes of data and cloud computing events will see their value rise exponentially.

If you are planning to switch roles in 2017, it’s essential that you give any move plenty of prior thought. If you are convinced that taking on a new role is the best option, look for openings which closely match your skills, your career ambitions and which carry opportunities for development. 

To find out more or for IT career advice, please get in touch. I specialise in a variety of IT roles and would be more than happy to have a confidential discussion about your search. 

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