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12/05/2013

5 Ways to Find the Right Career.

For many professionals, it reaches a time in their lives when they feel they are no longer moving in their careers. It becomes dreary to wake up in the morning and go to the same desk or factory floor. So, here’s how you can revitalize a career which is headed downhill.

1. Research the future of your Profession.
The first and perhaps most important step that all workers should take right now is to begin researching trends in their industry.
"Many employees don't realize that industry downsizing will affect their jobs until it's too late. But in this Kenyan economy, you should be on the lookout for telltale signs,". "One key question to ask yourself is if there have been major layoffs or consolidations in companies similar to yours."
Not only is this a good way to forecast your job security, it could give you clues about the next big thing in your industry or a related profession so you can begin searching for opportunities there.

2. Focus on Your Skill, Not Your Industry
If you find out your industry is in trouble, it doesn't mean you need to spend a lot of money going back to school. Instead, focus on what you are particularly good at and see where you can apply the skills you have already learned.
"The people who do best in a difficult workforce are the most flexible, so focus on where you're flexible. Even if you are in a dying field, you can use certain skills within the dying profession to apply for jobs in other professions. Focus on the subset of your job, rather than the sector you're in, and transfer that skill to another sector."

3. Update Your Resume.
As part of this, it may also be necessary to give your resume a makeover to play up your skillset, rather than your dying profession.
Part of updating your resume may mean leaving off certain jobs you've worked, or even making slight changes to the positions that you've had.

4. Pay Attention to the Professions of the Future
While many positions in the country are gradually being handled by machines, some jobs will always need people.
"Many careers in fields such as health care, education and information technology simply cannot be automated," "That is something that any job seeker should consider when looking at a career change."

5. Gain some IT skills.
Regardless of which industry you choose to pursue, in order to secure your job prospects going forward, it is absolutely essential now to get comfortable with a computer, as this is quickly becoming a requirement for jobs in all major professions.
"Whatever field one wants to go into, they need to understand the information age." "Plumbers, maintenance workers, roofers and more all need to understand how to use the computer and internet these days. There's no way around it."

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