Table of contents:
- 1. What am I not interested in? What don't I like to do?
- 2. Is it really possible to master a new profession?
- 3. When to study if I am still working?
- 4. Does anyone change their profession after 30 years?
- 5. How will this affect my family and loved ones?
- 6. Will I be in demand today, tomorrow, in a few years?
- 7. How quickly can I find a new job?
2023 Author: Malcolm Clapton | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-07-28 10:38
7 questions, the answers to which will help you decide in which direction you should change your professional life.
1. What am I not interested in? What don't I like to do?
This is just as important as what you have a heart for. Think about the things at work that annoy you the most. For example, making calls to strangers, drawing up reports or spreadsheets, a rigid daily routine, idle chatter of colleagues, a waste of time when all tasks are completed, but you still have to sit in the office. Make a list of them. He will help you to brush aside all inappropriate options when choosing a new profession. If nothing comes to mind, check out our list of reasons why you need to urgently change jobs.
Write down separately the functions that you do not perform in your current job, but you don’t want to do in the future. For example, you don't like keeping records, and you are not ready to call customers all day, draw presentations, or go on business trips.
2. Is it really possible to master a new profession?
Quite. Of course, sometimes for this it is necessary to enter a university and study for several years. So, you will not become an operating surgeon without an appropriate background and practice with real medical instruments.
But there is good news too! There are modern professions that can be mastered at home in less than a year with online courses on your laptop screen. They are mainly related to working on a computer: for example, a copywriter, developer, web designer, internet marketer. Online courses will provide you with basic applied knowledge that is enough to get you started right away. And the theory, if necessary, you can master already during practice.
Of course, digital professions can also be studied at a university, but at a university, this process will drag on for several years. In addition, you will be taught general education and basic professional disciplines that may not be useful in your work. Online courses seem like a much more convenient alternative.
Yandex. Praktikum has programs for those who want to work in the digital field. Now they teach five digital professions:,,,,.
You can find out what the profession is and whether it is interesting to you on Yandex. Praktikum using. It will take about 10 or 20 hours: during this time you will get an idea of the basics of a new specialty and even try to make an educational project.
3. When to study if I am still working?
Any free time. Usually, a student is allowed to complete assignments in online courses when it is convenient for him, the main thing is to pass homework before the deadline.
Of course, due to the combination of work and study, you will have less free time to watch TV shows, hang out with friends and other entertainment. But do not despair and remember that all this is temporary. But your efforts will lead to a new job that will bring you good money and moral satisfaction.
The world has never changed as quickly as it does now. Therefore, in the 21st century, an expert in any field must be ready to learn constantly. Even if he is not going to change his profession. Otherwise, at some point, knowledge will either become insufficient, or it will become outdated, and the person will lose his job. Only flexibility and readiness for self-improvement will help to remain in demand.
4. Does anyone change their profession after 30 years?
Yes, and quite successfully. For example, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel worked as a lawyer and traded on the exchange until the age of 31. One of the founders of The Huffington Post and the mastermind of BuzzFeed, John Peretti, was a teacher until the age of 30. And designer Vera Wong worked as an editor at Vogue until she was 40.
You can radically change your profession even after 50 years. The founder of the Mori Building Company, Taikichiro Mori, was a professor at the university until he was 55. And the English pensioner Ruth Flowers at the age of 68 decided to master the DJ installation and performed with sets at the Cannes Film Festival. Party people around the world remember her as DJ Ruth Flowers, Mamy Rock.
There are amazing stories about changing professions not only abroad. For example, our compatriot, former manager Ivan Repalov, at the age of 34, decided to go into the IT sphere, studied to be a testing engineer and now works at Yandex.
5. How will this affect my family and loved ones?
Relatives and friends can dissuade you using different reasons: stability, money, time for training. It is important here to calm down loved ones and talk to them. Tell us what your motivation is. For example, you don't like the salary, working conditions, lack of career advancement and hopelessness, or you simply feel unhappy.
Explain that it will take time for you to learn new knowledge. But that doesn't mean you quit your job and lose your income to study.
And when you master a new profession, everything will only get better. You will be able to work remotely or for yourself, you will probably receive a more attractive salary. The main thing is that you will begin to experience job satisfaction. This means that you will be less depressed and will be able to spend more time with family and friends, rather than hugging the couch.
6. Will I be in demand today, tomorrow, in a few years?
You can find the answer to this question in studies on the topic of future professions from universities and job search services. They collect areas of activity that will be at the peak of popularity in the coming decades, and provide examples of professions that will be in demand (both new and existing).
When choosing a specialty, it is necessary to assess the world around us and the circumstances in which we find ourselves. Now, due to the pandemic, many have switched to remote work. Office workers had to quickly get used to the changed working conditions. And representatives of some professions, for example, waiters, flight attendants, sports coaches, are forced to sit at home idle or look for a new job, including outside their sphere.
In the meantime, quarantine has not affected the working life of developers, analysts and other digital specialists. They can work equally well in the office and at home. After all, this does not affect the process and productivity. And they have not become less popular. People were on the Internet before self-isolation, they are sitting on it now and will continue to do so when everything is over.
7. How quickly can I find a new job?
To understand how much the profession is in demand in your city, region or in general in the country, go to the job search site. Compare the number of vacancies and the number of resumes. If there are more of the former than the latter, great. This means that there are not enough specialists and you will find a job very quickly. If their number is about the same, that's also good. It’s just that you will probably have to try a little harder to prove that you are better than others.
But if the resume is many times more than the number of vacancies, the competition is serious and the job search will drag on. But this does not mean that there is no chance of finding her at all. It's just that, most likely, the first time you have to work for your reputation: for little money or even free of charge. For example, if you take an online course in web development, you can get a job as a junior specialist and gain experience in the first 2-6 months. Once you become more confident, you can qualify for a promotion.
You can search for work not only on special sites. You need to be prepared to use different channels:
- Acquaintance … Ask your friends, colleagues and other acquaintances, if they suddenly heard that somewhere a suitable vacancy is open.
- Social network … You can search for ads on the pages of companies or post your own and ask friends to repost: perhaps one of their friends is just looking for a specialist like you.
- Company Sites … Usually there is a section "Vacancies", which contains all open offers. Monitor them periodically.
- Professional communities … Sites or groups in social networks, in which they publish interesting vacancies in specialties. In addition, useful professional information often appears there.
Remember, the more channels you use, the faster you will find a job.
There is no doubt about the demand for the professions taught at Yandex. Praktikum. Service specialists have evaluated more than 400 thousand vacancies in the IT field over the past four years and selected the skills and technologies that will be most useful to you.
During the course you will be supported by mentors. And then they will help you write the right resume and prepare for the interview. Soon, another seven online courses will be launched at Yandex. Practicum, including Neural Network Specialist and Interface Designer.
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