Career change clinic: how to switch sectors or roles
Whether it's motivated by public sector cuts, a lack of job satisfaction or the calling of an unfulfilled ambition, any career change requires planning, strategy and a great deal of self and market assessment.
Assessing your skills, goals and the job market helps hone your focus and, in turn, your impact on employers in a new sector.
So, the Guardian has partnered with Personal Career Management to design a unique event, using presentations, interactive group exercises and a personal career coaching session, to provide an excellent opportunity for you to review your career and focus on how to make your career aspirations a reality.
The day will show you the stepping stones you can put in place to achieve the changes you want. You will also develop a practical career action plan tailored to your particular situation, which will enable you to move your career forward in the right direction.
The learning outcomes of this seminar will be:
Who should attend:
This seminar is suitable for anyone at any stage in their career who is considering a change in direction or who is unsure of their next move. It is particularly suitable if:
9.30am Welcome, introduction and objectives of the day
9.45am Career self-assessment: working out what you want and what you have to offer
11.05am Morning coffee
11.30am Research and reality-testing: is this new sector/role really for you?
12.45pm Job search strategies and impressing recruiters: uncovering opportunities and developing the sales pitch.
2.00pm Blocks and bridge: identifying the common challenges and barriers and how to overcome them
2.45pm Resources to help: the people, networks and information you need to know
Guest speaker: Sophie Relf, Guardian Jobs; job market trends and the importance of a strong online presence
Guest speaker: Kerry Eustice, Guardian Careers; resources and information available to career changers
3.25pm Career management strategies: how to fast-track your career in the right direction
4.00pm Developing your personal career action plan
Each participant will be allocated a 30 minute private career coaching session during the course of the day, with a Personal Career Management career coach to discuss their particular career challenges and goal.
Corinne is managing director of Personal Career Management, the UK’s leading career management and outplacement company. She has worked for more than 15 years in career management, previously working in senior HR roles. A highly experienced career coach, she has worked with people ranging from recent graduates to CEOs, helping them move into the role they want. She is the author of the UK’s best-selling CV book You’re Hired! How to write a brilliant CV and her second book on career coaching is due out next year. Corinne regularly appears as an expert for Guardian Careers, the BBC, Sky and in the national press. She is a fellow of the CIPD and a member of the IOD. For more information about career change and Personal Career Management see www.personalcareermanagement.com
Sophie is head of marketing strategy for the Guardian's Business & Professional division. She has around 10 years' experience in senior sales and marketing positions for leading recruitment websites and is also a published author on career management. She is a marketing innovation award winner - OnRec 2007 GradU8 virtual careers fair UK & NL - a member of the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising and Internet Advertising Bureau, a non-exec board member (for internet strategy) with graduate network start-up Gradvine and the founder/owner of siteAssets internet consultancy.
Kerry Eustice is the content manager for Guardian Careers - which provides expert advice and insight on the job market and a range of sectors for grad job seekers, young professionals - and career changers. Kerry oversees all of the editorial content and community activity on this part of the Guardian website - and also presents the weekly podcast, Careers Talk. Previously, Kerry was a community journalist for Guardian Careers managing the site forums and before that the arts and entertainment editor of News Shopper - a regional newspaper serving south east London - working both online and in print.
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