No better time for new job

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Take a peek at a colleague’s computer screen and you may well catch them searching for a new job.

More than one in four of us will change careers during our life and the first week back after New Year’s Day is massive in the recruitment world.

When you are stuck in a rut and dreading getting up for work, a change of career can seem very tempting – and there’s no better time to start looking than now.

The first thing you need to assess is why do you want to change? Be clear about your reason so that you don’t jump out of the frying pan and into the fire.

Most popular reasons for changing jobs are you’ve been there too long and you’re bored and stuck, you’re no longer interested in the subject or the work, you’re undervalued, reorganisation and restructuring have changed your role and you don’t get on with your colleagues.

Next you need to think about whether it really is your career that you want to change.

Decide whether you want another job in the same sector or a complete change.

You may have transferable capabilities you can use in other roles and jobs, such as people and organisational skills, or teaching qualifications.

Most importantly, whatever you choose you need to be sure that it is something you really are interested in. Someone moving into academic life from a sales team may have difficulty with a slower, less pressured way of life.

It’s best to explore what’s important to you – doing good, making a difference, getting recognition for hard work, status and importance and being free to make decisions.

Long-term, it’s your happiness that counts. To get you started you can upload your CV and get advice on finding a job by visiting