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28th February, 2020

Thinking about changing your Career? by Harry Galley


Working in recruitment I’ve found over the last 6 months there’s an overwhelming trend. No matter the sector or the industry there are candidates who have simply chosen the wrong path and want to get out. I’m hoping that if you’re reading this and feel like it applies to you then I might be able to offer a bit of an insight, and advice which could potentially help.

It’s an old cliché that you’re not supposed to enjoy what you do. The key word being ‘old’. It is outdated. I love what I do but I had to change sectors into what is largely known as a cut-throat industry where you might get a chance to prove yourself in a company and be out of the door in a couple of weeks. There was a motivation for me to take that chance though, and the reason was because I hated what I was doing. I was good at my job but I knew in my heart of hearts that it wasn’t what I was meant to do and that I just wasn’t making use of what I was good at. 

It isn’t as easy as saying ‘I don’t like my job, I’m going to have a go at x y z’. The vast majority of companies, whether they recruit via an agency or handle it themselves, want new employees to have experience in the role they are hiring for and are not willing to take a chance on a candidate coming from a different employment background.  This is probably the biggest hurdle for job seekers who are looking to get out of their current role and want an opportunity at something different.

There are ways around it, and despite me writing this as a recruiter from an agency the first step is not with an agency, though once you’ve done your research and gained the required training or qualifications for your chosen career, an agency may be able to open doors through their contacts and relationship with local employers.  Here are some key things I did, which could help you change sector. 

What do you want to do?

It can seem like an overwhelming question, but just think of it slightly differently; ‘what are you interested in?’ ‘What are you good at, and enjoy?’ Everyone’s good at something, and everyone has an interest, no matter who you are. 


Research. If you like a particular sport, or subject, product, or hobby then look into what companies and jobs exist in those spaces. Google the roles, look into what you’d be doing until you find something you think you like the sound of. 

Speak to people

Connect with people who do the job and message them. Write to companies you’re interested in joining, explain your situation and what you want to do. You’ll come across as genuine – because this process is you being as authentic as you can be. The industry knowledge will be invaluable and offer a great insight into the day to day of the roles and how to get into that sector.


I’ve already mentioned that changing sectors isn’t easy. It takes a lot of time and effort. A major sacrifice people don’t usually consider is a pay cut. If you’ve worked for a number of years in one industry/company you need to be prepared to potentially take a cut as you’ll more than likely be coming in at entry level – so you need to be realistic whether it is financially viable.

Qualifications can be another stumbling block when looking for a job. There are ways to get them for free though; vision2learn is a great website which offers free qualifications for learners as the government pay for people’s studies. Have a check to see if you are eligible: It may be worth looking into self-funding further qualifications if they aren’t available for free.


Having a positive mind set when you’re job hunting is essential. If you’re looking into positions you have a genuine interest in then this should come naturally to you but I find all too often that candidates get disheartened very quickly and give up. Keep yourself focused on the long term goal and where you see yourself, don’t just look for a quick fix.

Hopefully this will put you in a good position to be able to switch sectors and find your dream job/career. Have a look over our advice section to help you with your CV, interviews, offer, and resignation stages of the process – If you’ve put in the effort and chosen the right path for you as an individual, I promise you, it will be worth it!

If you want any advice about changing careers please get in touch with me:


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