Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Building a Career Could Pay off in the Long Run; A New Job or an Entirely New Career Are Topping Lists of Resolutions for the New Year, Which Might Mean Retraining in the Workplace or Returning to Learning

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Building a Career Could Pay off in the Long Run; A New Job or an Entirely New Career Are Topping Lists of Resolutions for the New Year, Which Might Mean Retraining in the Workplace or Returning to Learning

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FTER years of salary stagnation, careers are at the forefront of our resolutions for the year ahead.

ATopping the list of goals for 2018 is looking for a new job, with seven in 10 professionals surveyed by CV-Library saying this will be a priority -- in fact, a new role is more important than the traditional New Year resolution of hitting the gym, with only three in 10 saying their goal for the year ahead is to exercise before or after work.

Coming in at number three is a resolution to "change career paths", with nearly one in four of us wanting to pursue a new career this year, while getting promoted by the end of the year is the ambition of 14.5 per cent of those surveyed. So, what is the best way to turn these resolutions into reality? Adding to your qualifications is a great way to keep your skills current, prove to future employers that you have the relevant training and show that you can adapt and learn. If you choose to study part time (online, in the evenings or at weekends), this will also show a huge commitment to achieving your goals.

CHANGE IS GOOD FOR YOU However, if you are planning on switching careers, you may have no option but to quit the day job to commit to training. Some careers actively encourage career changing, such as teaching (see teach first.org.uk or getintoteaching.education.gov.uk) so you can earn while you learn, training on the job.

Accountancy is another profession where you can study for qualifications (AAT, ACCA) while working -- applying what you learn to your day-to-day role.

Once again, those looking to move career or move up the career ladder are welcome. Professional qualifications are also modular.

So if you work in HR, for example, you can study CIPD qualifications to gain a promotion or new role, adding to your qualifications as you rise the career ladder. And don't worry about job-hopping -- it no longer adds a black mark to your CV. In fact, two in every three employers believe it is actually good for your career, according to e-learning organisation Edology, with eight in 10 saying they would hire someone who had switched jobs in the past six months.

BEFORE YOU QUIT Finances are likely to be one of the biggest barriers to retraining. …

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