15 Mar Overcome the Challenges of Changing Your Career

Changing Your Career

Did you promise yourself that 2018 would be the year that you changed your career? Making the decision to move into a new industry is scary; you’ll be moving out of your comfort zone and challenging yourself in a completely new way. But what if it’s the right decision for you and your happiness?  

Throughout your lifetime you’ll spend an average of 25-30% of your waking hours working. This amounts to more than a quarter of your life; your career is an integral part of your life and your happiness. It’s natural to feel isolated and unconfident about making the move into a new industry. Try not to let the unknown hold you back, instead, focus on how your current skills can be transferred into a new career.

Industry Relevant Skills

Never overlook your past experience, even if it’s in another industry. If you adapt easily to change and you have a positive attitude, then whatever your career goals, you’ll be much more likely to succeed than the average person. Employers obviously value particular skills, but what’s even more important to them is having an employee who is passionate, confident and has a good work ethic.

The hardest part of changing your career can often be the decision itself. If you’re uncertain about taking the leap then ask yourself; what do I want to be doing in five years time? It might just make things clearer. Will you be happy going into work in your current job? Or will you regret not taking a leap of faith now, and pursuing your ideal career?

The Challenges of Traditional Education

Oftentimes, a career change means having to take on third level education in the form of a university degree or a course. There can be a number of practical issues that can make this a challenge. If you’re working full-time and you need to continue working, it can be a major challenge to balance class time and assignments with your career. Degrees are expensive and catered to full-time students, not working professionals or career changers.  

It’s no surprise that traditional learning isn’t for everyone; it might not suit your learning style, and it can be expensive and draining on your time. University degree content is often out of date, and curriculum decisions can take years before they’re put into action. If you’re changing your career then you want a course that’s industry aligned; when you graduate you want to be prepared to walk into a job.

An Industry Driven Solution

We launched our industry driven university accredited Diploma in Software Development for career changers. It’s a flexible, online programme with one on one mentorship from industry practicing software developers, so students can learn from anywhere in the world. You can be an industry ready software developer in just 9 months if you study part-time and 3 months if you study full-time.

Content is revised quarterly by our Programme Director and an Industry Advisory Council; members include RedHat, CPL, Accenture and GSK. Our students learn the latest coding technologies and skills; when they graduate they are job ready Junior Software Developers. 85% of our students who graduate from the Diploma have a job within six months of finishing the programme.   

If you’re interested in a career in tech then get in touch with us.